Published: Wed, November 22, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

MLBPA Agrees to Extend Self-Imposed Deadline for New Japanese Posting Agreement

MLBPA Agrees to Extend Self-Imposed Deadline for New Japanese Posting Agreement

Only the team that signs him has to pay that $20 million to the Ham Fighters. A system with some modifications will take effect next offseason. The final hurdle now becomes the Major League Baseball owners ratifying the agreement.

The agreement was first reported by the New York Post and confirmed by ESPN.

Joel Sherman of the New York Post reported earlier this month that Major League Baseball had reached a tentative agreement to include Ohtani under the previous system.

The Major League Baseball Players Association said it had approved an extension to Tuesday's deadline for MLB and Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) to reach a new posting agreement.

As things stand, the Yankees are reportedly considered the front-runners to land the 23-year-old.

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According to United States reports, the Texas Rangers, the Minnesota Twins and the New York Yankees are the only teams with bonus pools large enough to grant Ohtani a $3 million signing fee.

The Texas Rangers have the biggest pool allotment remaining at $3.535 million followed by the New York Yankees ($3.5 million) and the Minnesota Twins ($3.245 million).

The Pittsburgh Pirates ($2,266,750), Miami Marlins ($1.74 million) and Seattle Mariners ($1,570,500) are the only other clubs with available bonus pools of more than $1 million. That aspect of the transfer rules would continue through the current offseason under the new tentative agreement between Major League Baseball and NPB, with compensation to Japanese clubs shifting to a percentage of Major League Baseball contract value following the '18 season.

His best two-way season came as a 21-year-old in 2016, as he clubbed 22 home runs and batted.322 in 104 games, while going 10-4 with a 1.86 ERA in 20 starts on the mound.

A right-hander, Otani 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. But he has consistently expressed a desire to test himself against top competition regardless of the financial ramifications. The union also wants to eliminate the right of a Japanese team to withdraw a posting before the process is complete.

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