Major League Baseball, Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) and MLB Players Association (MLBPA) agreed on a new posting system Tuesday which clears the way for Japanese star Shohei Ohtani to play in MLB next season and the Mariners are already ready to sign the two-way star. Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto said in a team podcast Wednesday, via MLB.com that the club will make a "full-court press" for Otani and is willing to move around his roster to make it happen. "We have spent most of the past year preparing for this moment," Dipoto said. "Whether it's written presentations, something aesthetic for him to touch and feel ... we've put together a film on the merits of Seattle and the Mariners. And we're hopeful at some point we get to sit down in the same room." Dipoto, who has already made a trade this offseason to acquire slugger Ryon Healy from the A's, said he'd move designated hitter Nelson Cruz to the outfield on Ohtani's non-pitching days in order for him to occupy the DH spot to hit next season.
Mariners to make 'full-court press' for Shohei Ohtani
Sporting News | Nov 23