Sport Should a team allow Otani to be a two-way player?

07:22  15 november  2017
07:22  15 november  2017 Source:   Los Angeles Times

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Ichiro Suzuki and Nori Aoki are the only two currently players in the majors who originally played in the NPB. What are the rules should Shohei Otani be allowed to come to MLB? Teams skirt the rules all the time in the IFA market, but should Otani be posted there will be a lot of scrutiny surrounding

Otani allowed the second-lowest percentage of pulled balls (26.5 percent) tried to persuade their stars to stay, but have not stood in their way and will likely post Otani should he request it." It would take another unconventional major league team to give Otani a chance as a full-time two - way player .

a baseball player holding a glove: Shohei Otani on Nov. 15, 2014 during game 3 of the 2014 All Star Series between Japan and Major League Baseball All Stars at the Tokyo Dome in Tokyo, Japan.© Shingo Ito/AFLO/Zuma Press/TNS Shohei Otani on Nov. 15, 2014 during game 3 of the 2014 All Star Series between Japan and Major League Baseball All Stars at the Tokyo Dome in Tokyo, Japan.

ORLANDO, Fla. - The question that continues to pop up here at the GM meetings, especially to the general managers but even beat writers, is if a team would allow Shohei Otani, the Babe Ruth of Japan, to play both ways.

The general assumption among the Japanese media is that a team that allowed him to do so will have the inside track toward signing him. The general assumption among others is that letting Otani pitch and play outfield would be a foolish thing to do.

Texas can pay most for Otani, followed by Yankees and Twins

  Texas can pay most for Otani, followed by Yankees and Twins Texas, the New York Yankees and Minnesota can pay the most to a young international amateur free agent as highly touted pitcher-outfielder Shohei Otani prepares to enter the market.The Rangers can agree to a maximum $3,535,000 signing bonus from their pool that covers July 2 through next June 15, according to figures compiled by Major League Baseball and obtained by The Associated Press. New York can pay $3.25 million and the Twins $3,245,000.

one, their agreement allows Otani to be in the lineup as a two - way player roughly three times per It's questionable whether an MLB team would have the stones to let a prized asset play both ways in the Otani absolutely should be mentioned with Giolito, Urias, and Alex Reyes in the elite group of

So let’s go there: Here’s an argument for why Otani should sign with each of the 30 MLB teams . Why not build the whole team out of two - way players ?

It seems as if club executives feel that way, too.

The No. 1 strike against letting Otani bat between starts, even if only in one or two games, would be injury. That's really the only strike that matters, right?

Were he to be injured as a hitter or an outfielder, a team would be losing a starting pitcher and a bat from the lineup. The Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters learned that in 2017.

Otani is a right-hander who bats left-handed, which means his right arm would be exposed to every pitch thrown his way. There's another avenue toward injury.

But expect most interested clubs to say they are open to letting Otani dabble in the batter's box, and then conveniently find a way - perhaps a bad spring start - to tell him that to be able to be a great pitcher who works every fifth day as opposed to every seventh as he did in Japan, he needs to put his bat and helmet away.

To Otani's credit, he told reporters in Japan over the weekend that it's not his decision.

"I don't know if I'll be given the chance to be able to do it, so first of all, I'll have to listen to what they say," Otani said. "You can't go after something like that unless you're in the right circumstance. It's not just about what I want to do."

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Why money obviously won’t be a big factor in deciding Shohei Ohtani’s MLB team .
The two-way phenomenon is forgoing hundreds of millions of dollars if he enters MLB this offseason.Major League Baseball and its players union, perhaps unintentionally, did Japanese phenomenon Shohei Ohtani dirty in the collective-bargaining agreement that went into effect last offseason.

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