Jeff Passan broke a story that the Nippon Ham Fighters plan to post Shohei Otani after the 2017 season.If this becomes a reality he instantly becomes the best free agent on the market, and you can guarantee the Rangers will heavily consider posting the $20m posting fee. Shohei Otani is really a guy that needs no introduction, he can pitch, and he can hit, both A grade.
Otani will actually be limited on how much he earns due to the new CBA policy placing international players under the age of 25 under a clubs spending pool for international players which will be 4.75m – 5.25m depending on the clubs prior year performance. Clubs can trade away spending pool money if they desire but this extremely handicaps how much Otani will receive. We expect Otani will not sign with a team until he is 25 years of age to maximize his pay day.