Major League Baseball took a formal step toward welcoming a distinctive new star on Friday, ratifying a posting agreement that frees its teams to court Shohei Ohtani, a pitching and hitting sensation who is leaving Japan's Nippon Professional Baseball League. Under MLB's new collective bargaining agreement, Ohtani is limited to a minor league contract subject to a team's signing bonus pool. The most important rollover facet is that the Nippon-Ham Fighters will receive a $20 million posting fee from the team that signs Ohtani. The teams with the most to offer include the Rangers ($3,335,000), the Yankees ($3.25 million) and Twins ($3,245,000). That person spoke on condition of anonymity because no announcement was made. Japanese media has reported that Ohtani is now in Los Angeles.
The Shohei Ohtani sweepstakes is officially on. Soon, he will be playing in Major League Baseball. Ohtani is limited to a minor league contract that depends on a team's worldwide signing bonus pool.
A right-hander, Ohtani has a 42-15 record with a 2.52 ERA and 624 strikeouts in 543 innings over five seasons, and a.286 batting average with 48 homers and 166 RBIs.
While the bulk of MLB's release detailed rules of the new system that will be in effect from November 2018-October 2021, Ohtani will be everyone's focus in the short term.
Some parts of the posting system will be the same as the old one, at least for this year. There will be a supplemental fee of 15 percent of any earned bonuses, salary escalators and exercised options.