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2 weeks ago  ::  Nov 10, 2017 - 3:00AM #1
nystripes2
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Shohei Ohtani moves another step closer to MLB, as the Nippon-Ham Fighters announced they will post the two-way player this offseason, according to Japanese news reports.


2 weeks ago  ::  Nov 10, 2017 - 5:12AM #2
kyloren
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very big news, NOW CASHMAN GO GET HIM!

2 weeks ago  ::  Nov 10, 2017 - 9:47AM #3
BigAnt2191
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If the majority of the sources are to be believed that Ohtani wants to be a Yankee, it will definitely happen.  The Yankees will get him on the cheap at the tender age of 23.

He will easily slide in as a member of the rotation and have him occasionally hit as a DH when he is not pitching. It's also a big win for the Yankees to have Japan's two biggest stars in Tanaka and Ohtani on the same team from a marketing standpoint.

And finally, We are now looking at the entire rotation with the exception of CC to have all five starters under the age of 30, which doesn't include our minor pitchers getting closed to the big leagues.

If can land ohtani and perhaps another lefty reliever, the 2018 will be in great shape!!
2 weeks ago  ::  Nov 10, 2017 - 10:01AM #4
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FROM MLB RUMORS



Nippon Ham Fighters Announce They Will Allow Shohei Otani To Move To Majors



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The Nippon Ham Fighters, Shohei Otani’s team in Japan, announced that they will allow the star pitcher/slugger to come to the majors via the posting system, as the Japan Times was among the outlets to report.


That does not quite make things official, as Major League Baseball and Nippon Professional Baseball continue to try to sort out the rules that will govern the move. The effort had come into some notable difficulties, though Otani’s decision to hire a MLB Player’s Association-certified agent was expected to . And it seems the two leagues, at least, have reached agreement on a framework that could help facilitate Otani’s move — so long as his representatives, the MLBPA, and the Fighters are all on board.


At a minimum, today’s news seemingly formalizes the Fighters’ commitment to allowing Otani to depart. “Everyone in our ballclub accepts his thoughts,” said Fighters skipper Hideki Kuriyama. That also figures to ratchet up the expectations and the pressures on all other interested parties, helping to maintain momentum toward a finalization of talks — which will only represent the beginning of what could be a fascinating process.


[Related: Scouting Shohei Otani]


None of the talks will address Otani’s own earning capacity, which will be quite slight — at least on his way into the league. That’s the major reason that he promises to be the most widely pursued player ever to hit the open market. With only a few clubs even able to offer him more than $1MM in a bonus, the decision will surely come down to other factors, the precise nature of which — hitting opportunities? geography? comfort? promotional opportunities? promises of a future extension? — remain to be learned.










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2 weeks ago  ::  Nov 10, 2017 - 10:08AM #5
bigjeep
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Is he in Pinstripes yet?    Smile

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2 weeks ago  ::  Nov 10, 2017 - 11:01AM #6
judgernaut
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Lock it up!
2 weeks ago  ::  Nov 10, 2017 - 11:45AM #7
NYC_Mike7
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Rangers are favorites. They almost signed him when he was 18 and he decided to stay in japan. He's expressed in interviews that the rangers where the closest club to him. Now the rangers lead in international signing bonus money is no coincidence. He also wants a club that will let him hit and pitch with no evaluation, he just wants to do it. It seems Rangers offer that. Let's see though.

2 weeks ago  ::  Nov 10, 2017 - 12:19PM #8
ArtVandelay
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would you fight for ham?  discuss....

2 weeks ago  ::  Nov 10, 2017 - 12:43PM #9
kyloren
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Nov 10, 2017 -- 11:45AM, NYC_Mike7 wrote:


Rangers are favorites. They almost signed him when he was 18 and he decided to stay in japan. He's expressed in interviews that the rangers where the closest club to him. Now the rangers lead in international signing bonus money is no coincidence. He also wants a club that will let him hit and pitch with no evaluation, he just wants to do it. It seems Rangers offer that. Let's see though.




All the Experts on MLB Network and ESPN, Baseball writers and such Say the Yankees are heavy Favorites, Rangers will be In Play but they all think Yankees will get him. The new Posting rules are the bids cant exceed 20 million, and anyone that bids 20 million has the rights to talk to him or the 3 highest bids get to talk to him. I believe the Yankees bid 20 million on Tanaka and were one of the three teams that won the winning bid. Again If you bid 20 million you get the right to negosiate with him. Yankees will bid 20 million bank on it then we give him Cash and he Is ours! Yankees have a lot of cap space in international spending so money Is not an isue and If I remember If you win the bid and sign him the !20 million does not affect revenue sharing, and Cap Space in international signings or  anything like that and Otani Is a huge Yankees fan growing up, He wants to be a Yankee, The ball Is In the Yankees court...

2 weeks ago  ::  Nov 10, 2017 - 1:38PM #10
BigAnt2191
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The Rangers have the most international cap over the Yankees by only 250k which is nothing when you consider how much more ohtani is slated to make in endorsements playing in the biggest market on the planet as opposed to playing in the lone star state.

Furthermore, it's been said Ohtani wants to play on the biggest stage which is Yankee Stadium and his idol growing up was Matsui who is part of the Yankee organization.

Yes, Ohtani could sign else where, but the baseball world would be shocked if he isn't signed with a team that plays in a major market such as the Yankees.
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