MLB: Who is Shohei Otani? Good day Ozzie Guillen
The World Series is upon us, as the San Francisco Giants will look to win their 2nd World Series title in 3 years as they battle the Detroit Tigers.
Another story making it’s way around MLB is that of an 18 year old kid. An 18 year old kid that can already reach 100 M.P.H. An 18 year old kid who Los Angeles Dodgers assistant GM Logan White, mentions as a kid who could go first overall in the draft….if he was eligible.
Lets meet Japanese pitching phenom Shohei Otani. Otani’s intention is to play in the big leagues. Many teams of course are interested in the young right-hander, but under the MLB CBA there are some significant restrictions for inquiring clubs.
If a team exceeds the $2.9 million international bonus to sign the young pitcher, they will be subject to tax rate of 100% for exceeding that threshold by more than 15%. Teams will also be forfeiting their right to spend more than $250 thousand on any international player during the next year’s signing period.
That being said, many teams will take the risk. The 3 teams that appear to be in the lead for Otani are the Texas Rangers, Boston Red Sox and of course Guggenheim Baseball Management’s Los Angeles Dodgers.
My two cents: I get the sense that if Logan White is that high on the kid (Mr. White is arguably the best in the business at evaluating young talent), then expect to see Otani sign with the Dodgers. They can pay the tax and this kid is worth the risk of not being able to spend more than $250 thousand on an international player over the next year.
The Miami Marlins have been busy this past week, trading former closer Heath Bell and now they have fired manager Ozzie Guillen, after just one season with the club. The Marlins acquired Guillen from the Chicago White Sox prior to the 2012 season, but the club fell well short of expectations, following a huge spending spree last offseason, as well as after having a solid first half in 2012. They finished the season 69-93, which was good for last place in the NL East.