Ohtani has until 10:59 p.m. 12 ,. 22 to decide on the team he wants. He’s moving rapidly, so much in fact that it is possible he decides in front of the deadline and it is introduced in a few days throughout the annual winter conferences in Orlando, Fla.
Officials using the Texas Rangers met Tuesday mid-day with Japanese free agent Shohei Ohtani at his agent’s office in La, in which a contingent brought by co-owner Ray Davis, gm Jon Daniels and manager Shaun Banister delivered their sales hype towards the two-way star.
On the line is landing the prize from the off-season, an inexpensive mega talent who the Rangers believe can pitch and also have success while at bat within the major leagues. They are among seven finalists, and also the source stated the San antonio Mariners, believed by many people is the front-runners, met with Ohtani each morning.
A resource stated that others within the Rangers’ contingent incorporated assistant gm Josh Boyd, senior director of medical operations Jamie Reed, strength and conditioning coach Jose Vazquez, and Japanese scouts Joe Furukawa and Hajime Watabe.
The 3 can provide their scouting set of Ohtani, and Daniels and Banister can let you know that they intend to utilize him like a hitter along with a pitcher.
Boyd continues to be visiting Japan since Ohtani was 18 to scout him and try to forge rapport. Furukawa and Watabe have been receiving the floor in Japan and also have contributed to assimilating past Japanese players, but mainly Yu Darvish, in to the organization — another area Othani wants addressed.
The Rangers’ travel party is aimed toward most of the points Ohtani wanted discussed within the memo he requested all 30 Major league baseball teams to accomplish.
The Rangers can provide him the biggest bonus ($3.53 million) one of the finalists, but Ohtani is going to be introduced into a company on the minor-league contract while he falls under rules for worldwide free agents under age 25. Once he’s put into an energetic major-league roster, he’ll be compensated the minimum earnings of $545,000.