Published: Sat, December 02, 2017
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Shohei Ohtani meeting with Major League Baseball teams next week

Shohei Ohtani meeting with Major League Baseball teams next week

Major League Baseball teams can start bidding on Japanese phenom Shohei Ohtani, and it should come as no surprise that the Red Sox are interested in his services. Ohtani is now in Los Angeles and is expected to begin meeting with clubs as soon as next week.

The 23-year-old ace/slugger should be courted by all 30 Major League Baseball teams, and whichever team lands him will have to pay the Nippon Ham Fighters a $20 million posting fee. Additionally, he has plus-plus raw power and has been clocked as an 80-grade runner, so there is seemingly nothing he can't do.

Ohtani, 23, is a star player in Japan and intends to be a double-threat as a right-handed pitcher and left-handed-hitting outfielder with whichever Major League Baseball team he chooses. He underwent ankle surgery in October but should be ready for spring training.

Once that process is completed, Ohtani will be allowed to meet with teams.

As part of the deal, a tiered system for posting fees will start next November 1. The fee will be 20 percent of the first $25 million of a major league contract and the percentage drops to 17.5 percent of the next $25 million and 15 percent of any amount over $50 million. He hit.332 in 65 games with 16 doubles, eight homers and 31 RBIs.

Texas has the most money remaining to sign global players under age 25 in its pool for the period running through June 15 at $3,535,000, followed by the New York Yankees at $3.5 million, Minnesota ($3,245,000), Pittsburgh ($2,266,750), Seattle ($1,557,500) and Miami ($1.49 million). Ohtani's initial signing bonus can not be more than a team has in its global signing pool.

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