The courtship of Shohei Ohtani will include a written portion. In advance of the much-anticipated move of Ohtani to the United States, his representatives sent out a questionnaire to all 30 MLB teams. According to the Associated Press, the questionnaire was included in materials distributed by the commissioner’s office Friday informing teams of a Dec. 1 vote on a new posting agreement between MLB and Nippon Professional Baseball. Ohtani is expected to be posted by his team as soon as the new agreement is in place. The questionnaire sent out by Ohtan’s agent asks teams to return written explanations in both English and Japanese on how Ohtani would fit into their organization and why their team should be attractive to the 23-year-old right-handed pitcher who also plays the outfield. In keeping with Ohtani’s unique two-way potential, teams are also asked to provide their evaluation of Ohtani as a hitter and as a pitcher. The memo also asks for teams to detail the organization’s minor-league and spring training facilities, its player development, medical staff and player performance philosophies. Additionally, teams were asked to explain the organization’s resources for easing Ohtani’s transition to a new country and culture.
Reps for Shohei Ohtani ask Dodgers, others to spell out their interest in Japanese prospect
L.A. Daily News | Nov 27