The Baltimore Orioles were one of the few teams that did not attempt to sign Japanese star Shohei Ohtani, and their decision apparently had nothing to do with scouting reports. Ohtani, who has the capability to be both a regular pitcher and hitter, was courted by several MLB teams as an international free agent. Due to his low price tag because of his age, nearly every club pursued him. Reports said 27 of the 30 teams were involved. The Orioles fell into the minority. Ohtani was posted by his Japanese team, the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters. Under this system, an MLB team must pay the player’s team in order to negotiate with the player. The fee for Ohtani was $20 million. Apparently the Orioles were opposed to paying this fee. Orioles general manager Dan Duequette said on MLB Network Radio that posting isn’t something Baltimore participates in.
Orioles have interesting reason for not pursuing Ohtani
Larry Brown Sports | Dec 10