Nowhere on Shohei Ohtani’s list of questions to all 30 MLB clubs distributed by commissioner Rob Manfred’s office Friday was an inquiry about the status of a manager. That’s understandable because 29 of the 30 teams have managers in place, with the Yankees the lone club without one as the search for Joe Girardi’s replacement continues. Ohtani’s representatives want to know what the teams think of the 23-year-old, two-way superstar’s talent as a pitcher and hitter. Ohtani’s people are curious about player development programs, medical training, and facilities, how Ohtani will assimilate into a team’s city and to relay to him why a particular team is desirable to play for. Since it’s possible Ohtani doesn’t have to decide whom he is going to play for possibly until Dec. 23, the Yankees currently not having a manager isn’t a crisis. Yet the Nippon-Ham Fighters are expected to post Ohtani on Friday or Saturday after MLB owners are expected to approve the new posting agreement with Nippon Professional Baseball on Friday. After Ohtani is posted, clubs can pay the $20 million posting fee. Ohtani will then pick a team from that field and begin negotiating. That team’s $20 million, which doesn’t count against MLB’s luxury-tax threshold, goes to the Ham Fighters and the other MLB clubs get their $20 million back.
Yankees’ biggest question may not sway Shohei Ohtani
New York Post | Nov 27