White Sox take shot at coveted free agent Shohei Ohtani

Tricia Pearson
December 2, 2017

On Friday afternoon, Major League Baseball clubs ratified a new posting system for foreign players. (For minor league contracts of "Foreign Professionals" that contain Major League terms, a supplemental release fee will be owed at the player is added to the 25 man roster).

Some parts of the posting system will be the same as the old one, at least for this year.

Major League Baseball sent out a press release detailing the new posting system, which won't take effect until November 1, 2018. The fee will be 20 percent of the first $25 million of a major league contract and the percentage drops to 17.5 percent of the next $25 million and 15 percent of any amount over $50 million. It was expected after a tentative agreement was reached last week. As a result, Ohtani will still be subject to the previous agreement, established in 2013, in which a team must give $20 million to the player's Japanese team, which in the case of Ohtani is the Nippon Ham Fighters. Under it, the fee paid to a player's former Japanese team will change. If the new system had gone into effect, it would have meant a lot less money for the Nippon-Ham Fighters. If the official posting happens Friday, that would put his signing at no later than December 22.

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Ohtani is limited to a minor league contract because of restrictions imposed by the MLB collective bargaining agreement adopted in November 2016.

Now it's all up to Ohtani.

Major League Baseball teams can start bidding on Japanese phenom Shohei Ohtani, and it should come as no surprise that the Red Sox are interested in his services.

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