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2 weeks ago  ::  Sep 13, 2017 - 2:08AM #1
laurenfrances
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Will Cashman be making a bid for Otani??? If he is, use Yankees Ace in the hole Matsui to sell him toward Yankees pinstripes....


Shohei Otani, Japan’s ‘Babe Ruth,’ will play in MLB next season: report



Japan's "Babe Ruth" is coming to America - and he's going to be affordable, too.


Shohei Otani, a 23-year-old highly-coveted pitcher and hitter - whom the Yankees scouted last month- will be posted this winter and play for an MLB team in 2018, according to Yahoo Sports.


MLB rules state Otani is allowed to be posted sometime between November and March and once he is, teams will have just four days to bid on him using their international signing bonus pool.


By coming to MLB now, the max amount of money Otani will be able to get is $10.1 million, according to Yahoo Sports. If Otani were to wait until he was 25 to make the jump, he would be treated as a true free agent. But because he is so young, his salary will be capped.


Due to this rule, basically every team in the league is restricted from outbidding other teams, so it will be a rare case where money won't be the sole factor in a free agent signing with a team.


Once MLB announces who placed the winning bid, Otani's team, the Nippon-Ham Fighters, will have four days to accept the bid.


Many other teams have scouted Otani, who has a .346/.416/.574 slash line in 51 games this season.




Reports From Japan Suggest Shohei Otani Will Request To Be Posted



Japanese star pitcher/outfielder Shohei Otani has long been on the radar as one of the most talented players on the planet who isn’t already with a MLB organization. He stoked expectations before the season that he might ask his current team — the Nippon Ham Fighters — to make him available to major league clubs through the posting system. Now, reports out of Japan tonight suggest that’s just what will occur (see, e.g., here).


Of course, given the indications given by Otani himself earlier this year, that news doesn’t come as a major surprise. Indeed, the expectation among major league teams has remained that Otani would become available, as ESPN.com’s Buster Olney recently reported.


It’s also worth bearing in mind that nothing is yet official, though the reports seemingly indicate that Otani has already made his wishes clear with club officials. We learned earlier this year that the Nippon Ham organization had largely committed to granting Otani his wish to leave for the majors whenever he requested it, even though the club can’t receive more than $20MM as a transfer fee and could have maintained control over the fascinating talent for a few more years under Nippon Professional Baseball’s system.


Though he has not pitched much this year due to injury, perhaps that won’t have much of an impact. For one thing, Otani is considered an immense talent; if you’re interested in learning more about his projected abilities in the majors, be sure to check out this outstanding post from MLBTR contributor Chuck Wasserstrom. Further, the Japanese star isn’t really going to be looking for top dollar. At 23 years of age, he’s still two years shy of breaking free of the hard international signing limitations found in the new collective bargaining agreement, which effectively caps his potential bonus in the seven-figure range — a laughably small sum for a player who’d surely command nine figures were he available in a free market.


Otani, though, made clear in his prior comments that salary isn’t his chief consideration in pondering a move to the majors. Instead, he’ll weigh other factors, including his evident desire not only to pitch (where he’s considered most talented) but also to see action as a hitter. As I wrote back in April, this sets up a fascinating potential market situation:



Should Otani become available, however, it would likely make for an unprecedented effort by major league organizations to woo him. That’s due not only to his unusual dual capabilities (and wishes), but also his young age and the unique circumstances of the rules limiting what he can be paid. Literally every team in the game would have cause to pursue him vigorously, particularly if the financial commitment is as meager as it seemingly must be.



That all remains true today, even as many of the league’s teams have begun sending emissaries — in many cases, top baseball operations decisionmakers — over to Japan to begin the recruitment process. Any comparably talented young player would require a top draft choice or immense trade return to acquire. But for Otani — who, it’s worth bearing in mind, is considered ready to step directly into a major league rotation — a team need only be willing to pay the $20MM posting fee and whatever sum of international spending money it has available. Simply put, Otani could represent the most unique opportunity in contemporary hot stove history.



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2 weeks ago  ::  Sep 13, 2017 - 2:26AM #2
Cocopugg
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I thought Japan's Babe Ruth was Sadaharu Oh?

2 weeks ago  ::  Sep 13, 2017 - 2:36AM #3
laurenfrances
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Sep 13, 2017 -- 2:26AM, Cocopugg wrote:


I thought Japan's Babe Ruth was Sadaharu Oh?




Oh was not a strong enough pitcher to succeed professionally and soon switched to 1B.  He was more known for his hitting prowess not so much for pitching.  Whereas Otani excels in both...Cool

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2 weeks ago  ::  Sep 13, 2017 - 9:44AM #4
ArtVandelay
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Sep 13, 2017 -- 2:26AM, Cocopugg wrote:


I thought Japan's Babe Ruth was Sadaharu Oh?




yeah - and the 'Japanese Nolan Ryan' turned out to be a Fat Toad....

2 weeks ago  ::  Sep 13, 2017 - 10:09AM #5
nystripes2
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Don't screw this up like moncada Usages
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2 weeks ago  ::  Sep 13, 2017 - 10:18AM #6
Cocopugg
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Sep 13, 2017 -- 9:44AM, ArtVandelay wrote:


Sep 13, 2017 -- 2:26AM, Cocopugg wrote:


I thought Japan's Babe Ruth was Sadaharu Oh?




yeah - and the 'Japanese Nolan Ryan' turned out to be a Fat Toad....




I didn't realize Hideki Irabu died in 2011: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/29/sports/baseball/ex-yankee-hideki-irabu-is-dead-at-42.html?mcubz=3

2 weeks ago  ::  Sep 13, 2017 - 10:49AM #7
ArtVandelay
Posts: 27,115

Sep 13, 2017 -- 10:18AM, Cocopugg wrote:


Sep 13, 2017 -- 9:44AM, ArtVandelay wrote:


Sep 13, 2017 -- 2:26AM, Cocopugg wrote:


I thought Japan's Babe Ruth was Sadaharu Oh?




yeah - and the 'Japanese Nolan Ryan' turned out to be a Fat Toad....




I didn't realize Hideki Irabu died in 2011: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/29/sports/baseball/ex-yankee-hideki-irabu-is-dead-at-42.html?mcubz=3




yeah - hung himself...  money, fame...  I guess it doesn't matter...

2 weeks ago  ::  Sep 13, 2017 - 11:23AM #8
Cocopugg
Posts: 1,851

By the end of the 2018 season, compare Judge (2017) to this kid's numbers...See how much the Yankees will have saved by not signing him.

2 weeks ago  ::  Sep 13, 2017 - 12:11PM #9
Lola
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I don't like the posting fee these Japanese players demand. He should pay the Yanks for a chance to audtion! Surprised

2 weeks ago  ::  Sep 13, 2017 - 12:29PM #10
Cocopugg
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Sep 13, 2017 -- 12:11PM, Lola wrote:


I don't like the posting fee these Japanese players demand. He should pay the Yanks for a chance to audtion! 



Great idea, Lola! If most of these Japanese players insist they only want to play with the Yankees, then drop the posting fee, or go play for some other team!

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