Earlier this week, Major League Baseball and Nippon Pro Baseball were able to agree to a new posting system with the MLB Players Association, paving the way for two-way star Shohei Ohtani to be posted this winter. Ohtani is expected to be posted within two weeks, once the new system is ratified. The 23-year-old Ohtani is the best player in the world not currently employed by a major-league team. Ankle and quad problems hampered him this season, but, while fully healthy in 2016, he hit .322/.416/.588 with 22 homers while throwing 140 innings with a 1.86 ERA and 174 strikeouts. He is arguably the best hitter and pitcher in Japan. Given his age and immense talent, all 30 MLB teams figure to pursue Ohtani once he is posted. Some clubs will have a better chance to land him than others, of course. Ohtani has his own personal preferences -- does he want to play for a contender? On the West Coast? Does he want to DH between starts? -- and that'll dictate his decision. Regardless of his preferences, the Seattle Mariners intend to make a full court press to sign Ohtani, general manager Jerry Dipoto confirmed on a new podcast.
Mariners plan on 'bringing the A game' to recruit Shohei Ohtani
CBS Sports | Nov 24