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Saturday, August 12, 2017

Japanese star Shohei Ohtani might play in 2018 | MLB.com

Ohtani, 23, doesn’t meet MLB’s definition of a foreign professional under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, since he’s not 25 years old with six years of service in a recognized foreign league. As such, he’ll be subject to international amateur spending limits if he moves from NPB to MLB this winter, limiting the amount an MLB team must invest in order to acquire him.
The MLB team would pay the Fighters a release fee—likely the maximum of $20 million—and then a signing bonus to Ohtani. The bonus must fit under a hard cap, typically less than $6 million per team, although it can increase through the acquisition of additional slot allocations in deals with other teams.

Ohtani told MLB Network earlier this year that the Rangers, Dodgers and Giants were the teams that pursued him most aggressively when he was 18 years old, before he decided to begin his pro career in Japan rather than jump straight to MLB.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 12, 2017 at 10:40 AM | 2 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. ReggieThomasLives Posted: August 12, 2017 at 10:12 PM (#5512142)
Why would he sign for only $6M? That makes no sense.
   2. Jose is an Absurd Doubles Machine Posted: August 12, 2017 at 11:18 PM (#5512187)
He will definitely play in 2018. Yeah it'll be in Japan but he'll play.

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