Report: Nippon Ham Fighters to post Shohei Otani




Report: Nippon Ham Fighters to post Shohei Otani
Report: Nippon Ham Fighters to post Shohei Otani  

Highly touted Japanese pitcher-outfielder Shohei Otani will be posted by the Nippon Ham Fighters, according to Kyodo News, allowing him to sign with a major league team next season.

Fighters manager Hideki Kuriyama says ''everyone in our ballclub accepts his thoughts,'' Kyodo reported Friday.

Otani is the reigning Pacific League MVP and is 3-2 with a 3.20 ERA this year. Despite thigh and ankle injuries, he batted .332 in 65 games with 16 doubles, eight homers and 31 RBIs. He had ankle surgery last month.

He has a 42-15 record with a 2.52 ERA and 624 strikeouts in 543 innings over five seasons, and a .286 batting average with 48 homers and 166 RBIs.

Otani is scheduled to hold a news conference Saturday in Tokyo, Kyodo said.

Because Otani has less than nine years of service time, Nippon Ham retains his rights and he must go through the posting system to leave.

If Major League Baseball, the Major League Baseball Players Association and Nippon Professional Baseball agree to a deal that would extend the expired posting agreement through this offseason, the team that Otani signs with would pay the Fighters $20 million. Under MLB's labor contract, his signing bonus is restricted and remaining pool money is limited to a high of $3,535,000.

---

More AP baseball: https://apnews.com/tag/MLBbaseball

COMMENTS

More Related News

11/22/17 MLB.com FastCast
11/22/17 MLB.com FastCast

Hot Stove heats up for a possible Giancarlo Stanton trade, plus the Shohei Ohtani signing remains warm through the Thanksgiving holiday

A
A's trade outfielder Jaycob Brugman to Orioles

The A's designated Jaycob Brugman for assignment on Monday. Just two days later, the team traded the outfielder to the AL East...

Former A
Former A's slugger Gomes offers Ohtani scouting report: 'Big fan of the dude'

Shohei Ohtani is the most intriguing free agent in years. And Jonny Gomes saw in person just how talented the two-way star really is...

Phillies well positioned to make a run at freed Braves
Phillies well positioned to make a run at freed Braves' prospects

The Phillies are in great position to make a run at the Braves' prospects that were recently declared free agents. By Jim Salisbury

MLB crushes Braves with sanctions for international signing infractions
MLB crushes Braves with sanctions for international signing infractions

Kevin Maitan, one of the top 50 prospects in all of baseball, will now be a free agent after MLB handed down harsh sanctions on the Braves Tuesday.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *

Cancel reply

Comments

Top News: Baseball

facebook
Hit "Like"
Don't miss any important news
Thanks, you don't need to show me this anymore.