MLB Rumors: Shohei Ohtani to be posted by Saturday

If this offseason feels like it’s gotten off to a slower start than usual it’s because things have been held up while teams wait on the arrival of Shohei Ohtani. Well, on Tuesday, MLB and Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) have tentatively agreed on a posting system and it looks like we’re on track for Ohtani to be posted by Saturday which means he should be signed by Christmas.

Basically Ohtani will be grandfathered in under the old posting system so the signing team will have to pay his Japanese team $20 million. His contract, however, will be small. He’s also subject to international signing bonus caps which, depending on which newspaper/blog you read, the Yankees either have the most, or the second most money put aside to sign Ohtani at approximately $3.5 million after their latest trade with the Marlins.

In his Japanese career, Ohtani, who is 23-years-old, is a .286/.358/.500 hitter in 403 games. His best year was 2016 where he hit .322/.416/.588. On the mound, he has a career 2.52 ERA with a 10.3 K/9 and a 3.3 BB/9. In his best season, he tossed 140 innings with a 1.86 ERA.

He fits in well with the Yankees plans as he would be a long-term answer for the rotation and could also figure into their plans as a semi-regular DH. It’s impossible to say where he’ll end up and in exactly what role, but the Yankees have the flexibility and the international signing bonus pool to get it done.

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6 Responses to MLB Rumors: Shohei Ohtani to be posted by Saturday

  1. gcorcoran says:

    Getting Ohtani immediately makes this team a favorite to make it to the world series. This is especially true when you consider the payroll flexibility signing him would give the Yankees. I'm hoping hard they get him.

  2. Terry says:

    I think it’s because of the lower salary that it would make sense. But he’s a relatively unknown factor. How good will he be? Matsui hit 50 hrs in Japan and never hit 30 here. Different times, different swings but too assume he’s going to be spectacular is putting the cart before the horse. Let’s temper our expectations in the beginning a little. Will he pitch too? Being a full time DH and a starting pitcher would be a lot to ask at the ML level, too taxing. I could see relieving with fewer problems. We can’t lose here for the money. If he turns out to be a monster at the plate, we can let Andujar develope in the Majors without pressure. If his career starts out slow, he’s probably still a bargain unless he tanks. At any rate, he’s definitely the buzz around baseball right now. Hopefully we get him, ST would be even greater

  3. 99Trey says:

    So how can you comment that pitching and hitting are "too taxing" when it's never really been attempted before? I'm glad he chose to develop both skill sets in Japan before coming to the MLB since there are way too many naysayers here. I think his numbers in Japan prove it can be done, especially when you consider the level of competition is above AAA. I also don't think he makes the Yankees a World Series favorite if they get him. Too many unknowns at this point, but the Yanks are already a top 4-5 team without Shohei, adding him will only make them better, particularly because it deepens their rotation and adds a much needed lefty bat. If they could get Ohtani then sign CC on a 1 year deal they would be all set. Maybe even squeak in a team friendly deal from Frazier if they have room under the cap. Ohtani + full year of Robertson/Gray/Kahnle/Bird should be another 8-10 wins even if you assume a bit of a regression from Judge & Severino.

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