Shohei Ohtani representatives sent memo to all 30 MLB teams expressing they would be a good fit for the international free agent. Which AL Central team make the best pitch?
Shohei Ohtani is set to hit the international free agent market later this week. With the amount of money he’s able to receive as a signing bonus limited for many teams, Ohtani’s agency is also looking for the best fit. His agency sent a memo to all 30 MLB teams asking for a written explanation on what would make them a good fit for Ohtani.
Ohtani, at 23-years-old, will be posted by the Nippon Ham Fighters of Nippon Professional Baseball. The pitcher and outfielder will be subjected to international bonus pool spending limits, but each MLB team has the opportunity to sign him. Southside Showdown already wrote about what the White Sox could present in order to lure Ohtani, but what about other AL Central teams?
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Matt Lyons of Let’s Go Tribe looks at what it would take for the Cleveland Indians to sign Ohtani. With a team coming off back-to-back postseason appearances, Lyons mentions the Indians would be the perfect fit for Ohtani.
Lyons suggests Ohtani could be the Indians third or fourth starting pitcher and be a designated hitter when he’s not on the mound. However, Lyons is realistic in his assessment of the Indians actually being able to land Ohtani.
Shaun Newkrik takes an in-depth look at how the Royals fit into the bidding war for Ohtani. With just a handful of teams able to offer more than a $1.5 million signing bonus, the Royals much like other MLB ballclubs will need solid presentations in order to obtain Ohtani.
Myjah of Twinkie Town takes a different approach to a potential signing of Ohtani. With the Twins in the market for an ace, myjah takes a look at why Ohtani is potentially overrated and why it really doesn’t matter. With Ohtani being subjected to international signing rules, he’s a very affordable option for the Twins.