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  • Since the signing period opened July 2, clubs have been very busy internationally the last few days. Most teams have already spent their international bonus money, and many others are limited to a maximum $300,000 bonus. There simply isn't much hard cap space left over for Otani.

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    • Originally posted by mingjungtc View Post
      Since the signing period opened July 2, clubs have been very busy internationally the last few days. Most teams have already spent their international bonus money, and many others are limited to a maximum $300,000 bonus. There simply isn't much hard cap space left over for Otani.
      Woohoo ? ?

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      • When one speaks to people in MLB, one is struck by how much money dominates discussions. In order for Otani to achieve his maximum financial impact it would mean waiting until after the 2019 season, when he is 25.

        They can't understand that a player like Otani, who wants to learn to hit and throw major league fastballs while he's young, would want to give up hundreds of millions of dollars instead of waiting two years.

        "Money is not the issue for Otani," Fighters manager Hideki Kuriyama has said repeatedly the past year. "His decision won't be based on money."

        https://english.kyodonews.net/news/2...for-otani.html

        Otani will decide where he wants to go, not who pay the most. Singing Yu Darvish will help and he might be thinking the way Otani dose.

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        • Originally posted by mingjungtc View Post
          "Money is not the issue for Otani," Fighters manager Hideki Kuriyama has said repeatedly the past year. "His decision won't be based on money."
          It sounds like Otani means it, and that is refreshing to hear.

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          • I am normally against signing long term contracts with pitchers above 30. However if they can sign both Darvish and Otani for a little over $30M a year over 5 years then that I would be okay with.

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            • U18

              Japan starter Kento Kawabata struck out 15 in 5.2 innings (vs USA), but allowed six hits, six walks, four runs (three earned). Kawabata used an 86-90 mph fastball with a solid curveball and effective slider but needed 127 pitches. Japanese pitching struck out 23 as Fumimaru Taura fanned five in 2.1 innings and Shumpei Isomura struck out the side in his inning.


              Victor Mesa Rios (son of former Cuban team coach Vcitor Mesa Martinez) 6 for 7, 2B, 3 R in 2 games. He mentioned want to join MLB and didnít want to wait for too long. He plays OF defense well.

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              • Sung Min Kim @sung_minkim
                #Braves fans, you got what you waited for: new IFA signee Ji-Hwan Bae took a selfie with a Braves jersey with his name on it.

                Sung Min Kim@sung_minkim
                Bae was projected to be an early 1st round pick at today's 2018 #KBO Draft but the news was announced only few hours prior.

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                • Major League Baseball's latest effort to reduce the prices it pays for Japanese players will not affect this year's expected posting of slugging ace pitcher Shohei Otani, a source within Nippon Professional Baseball said Saturday.

                  The proposals, leaked by Yomiuri Giants owner Shoichi Oikawa, on Sept. 13 called for posting fees to be fixed at 15 percent of a player's signing fee and contract, including incentives. Currently each player's "posting fee" is set by his NPB team up to $20 million, but MLB wants to replace it with one where the NPB club has no say in the matter of its posting fee and teams posting high-value youngsters -- like Otani -- get next to nothing.

                  According to Oikawa, there are two proposals. Proposal A sets the transfer fee at a flat 15 percent, while Proposal B sets it at 15 percent up to a total payout of $100 million, with a $20-million fee if the player's contract value exceeds $100 million.

                  MLB now treats any overseas professional under the age of 25 as an amateur, who can only be offered a minor league contract with a maximum potential signing bonus of just over $10 million. By capping posting fees at 15 percent, the return for a team posting a highly-sought-after youngster like Otani in the future will be much less than $2 million -- and then that youngster would, as Otani will, have to play six seasons in MLB before becoming a free agent.

                  The message from MLB is clear: "If you really want to play in MLB, don't waste your time in NPB."

                  https://english.kyodonews.net/news/2...ut-future.html

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                  • Not sure if this has been posted, but Wilderd Patino did NOT sign with the Rangers. He signed today with the Arizona Diamondbacks. This frees up more money for Otani

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                    • Originally posted by Mavsman53 View Post
                      Not sure if this has been posted, but Wilderd Patino did NOT sign with the Rangers. He signed today with the Arizona Diamondbacks. This frees up more money for Otani
                      Do you know what happened? Multiple reports listed him as a signing for 1.3MM.

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                      • An injury to PatiŮoís throwing elbow in the spring left his status uncertain.

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                        • Top Braves prospect reportedly could be declared a free agent after GM resigns

                          The investigation remains open and is expected to look into the signing of top prospect Kevin Maitan, a 17-year-old shortstop who received a $4.25 million bonus last year. If improprieties are discovered with Maitanís signing, he, too, could be declared a free agent, according to multiple sources.

                          https://www.cbssports.com/mlb/news/t...er-gm-resigns/

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