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Shohei Ohtani meeting with Major League Baseball teams next week

02 December 2017

Japanese phenom Shohei Ohtani was posted Friday after Major League Baseball agreed to a deal with Nippon Professional Baseball and the MLB Players Union allowing the transfer of Ohtani. It was expected after a tentative agreement was reached last week.

Shohei Ohtani, who has been called the "Japanese Babe Ruth", is in America and preparing to meet with Major League Baseball teams.

Japanese media outlets reported Ohtani is now in Los Angeles, and he is expected to meet with Major League clubs as soon as next week.

Report: Shohei Ohtani meeting with MLB teams next week

Ohtani arrived in Los Angeles on Wednesday night and is expected to draw interest from many franchises.

In addition, MLB said Kazuhisa Makita, a 33-year-old right-hander on the Pacific League's Seibu Lions, will be posted by December 31.

The 23-year-old will offer any team that signs him (after forking over a $20 million posting fee to the Nippon Ham Fighters) a unique two-way star who can contribute on the mound and at the plate.

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All 30 teams could potentially be in the mix, since global signing caps significantly limit the price of the 23-year-old.

General manager Rick Hahn quoted a couple of history's greatest philosophers when describing the White Sox's presentation to prized Japanese free agent Shohei Ohtani. Under the previous agreement, the time period was November 1 through March 1.

Ohtani was the 2016 Pacific League MVP and was 3-2 with a 3.20 ERA this year for the Fighters, limited because of thigh and ankle injuries.

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A right-hander, Ohtani 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.

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Shohei Ohtani meeting with Major League Baseball teams next week