The agent of Japanese star Shohei Ohtani, Nez Balelo of CAA Baseball, asked all MLB teams to explain to him in English and Japanese how he will be used and how he will fit into his club, Associated Press reported.
Ohtani acted as a pitcher and outfielder in Japan. Apparently he wants to pursue both in the United States:
The AP article notes:
"The Balelo memorandum asks that a team evaluate Ohtani's talent as a pitcher and as a hitter, to explain the development of his player, medical training and player performance philosophies and facilities, describe his minor league and spring training facilities, detail the resources for the cultural badimilation of Ohtani in the team city, demonstrate a vision of how Ohtani could be integrated into team organization and tell Ohtani why the team is a desirable place to play. "
Ohtani is only 23 years old, so he is subject to amateur international amateur guidelines. Teams can not offer more than what they have left in their international bonus group expense for this signing period.
The Rangers have $ 3,535 million remaining to offer, the most of any team. The Yankees, who have just traded for more Marlins international bonus space, have $ 3.5 million remaining to offer. The Red Sox have just $ 462,000 to offer.
The publication fee to negotiate with Ohtani is set at $ 20 million.