Others claiming him to be the next Babe Ruth, or Japan’s Babe Ruth, Shohei Ohtani from Japan intends to leave his country and pave his career here in the U.S., but for a price…
Ohtani has been “posted,” a term meaning, as if an item on Craigslist (an extremely expensive and talented asset), can then give the go-ahead to others to post their bids and make their offers.
The starting release fee stated by the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters of Nippon Professional Baseball in Japan is marked at the cost of $20 million. The clubs in the MLB are going to have to post up this beginning fee and then fight until the finish line, when the closing of his negotiation expires on December 22nd, at 11:59 p.m. ET.
Who is He Looking At?
The top contenders in his sight include the Chicago Cubs, the Los Angeles Dodgers, and the Seattle Mariners. However, the pitcher and outfielder wants to be utilized with both his strengths and hopes to do so in his future team. His prospects also include the New York Yankees and the Texas Rangers.
When discussing who could be the top contenders, one usually refers to the budget of the teams for international bonus pools, to compare how deep their pockets really go. The Texas Rangers seem to have the largest allotment of them all, with a treasure chest of $3.535 million. However, the New York Yankees trot close by the richest, with $3.5 million included in their assets to odder Ohtani. The Minnesota Twins follow close by with $3.245 million.
Since he is so young, Ohtani is not a free agent because he is two years short of the age threshold that allows him to go on his own.
However, the organization sent off a letter on his behalf and from his agent to all 30 clubs of the MLB, allowing them to answer with their drawn offer and future plans. That way, the young prodigy can have all the offers on the table in front of him to pick his best bet.
Each club was prodded to lay out their plans for player development. They also were encouraged to describe in full their resources of medical training, facilities, cultural assimilations, team integration and to generally explain to the young star why they should choose their team.
If he had waited just two years for his 25th birthday, the Japanese player most likely would have landed a contract with nine figures, easy. However, he chose to take the path less traveled, (or most, if the players aren’t that skilled), and work his way up. His main goal, he states, is to test himself against the competition on the way to the top.
Though there are many terms and litigations to the way the deal is done, money-wise, it is not just a breath of fresh air, but a change of ways for someone to make a decision so young. Some may see that money is a means to an end, so for someone to have it so readily available to them, within their grasp, and a lot of it, it is crazy to hear about the turn of events and his attitude.
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