The Mets are considering pursuing Japanese two-way star Shohei Ohtani after his Japanese team posts him on the MLB market, according to Newsday's Marc Carig and David Lennon. SNY contributor Andy Martino later confirmed the Newsday report. Ohtani, 23, hit .332 with a .403 OBP, 8 home runs, 16 doubles, and 1 triple in 65 games this past season for Nippon, while playing right field and left field. During his five-year career as a pitcher, he has a 2.52 ERA and 1.07 WHIP with 624 strikeouts in 82 starts. He's fastball has reportedly reached 101 MPH. MLB teams would have to pay a $20 million posting fee to Nippon before being granted permission to negotiate with Ohtani. According to current international rules, the signing bonus must come from the MLB team's international bonus pool. Based on what is left in each team's allotment, the Yankees are able to offer Otani a $3.25 million bonus, whereas the Red Sox can offer just $462,000 and the Mets can offer just $150,000. However, unlike in previous years, MLB teams no longer have to pay Ohtani a long-term contract, such as the six-year deal that had been given to Yu Darvish when he transferred from Japan to the United States. Instead, like all rookies, Ohtani is allowed to earn only the league minimum during his first three seasons before becoming eligible for salary arbitration.
Mets to consider pursuing Japanese two-way star Shohei Ohtani
SNY TV | Nov 15