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NFT: I wouldn't give up on Ohtani just yet...

Milton : 12/6/2017 3:55 am
It's no longer the 80% likelihood it used to be, but it's not quite 0% yet either. Don't forget, this is a guy who changed his mind once before when everyone in Japan thought for sure he would be leaving for the Majors as an 18-year old.

I would send a bunch of players (whoever is willing) to Los Angeles to help recruit. Maybe see if Rothschild can get a meeting with him. If he is still considering Chicago and Texas, it means he's not dead set on the West Coast or a small market team.
Okay  
Beer Man : 12/6/2017 5:48 am : link
sometimes you get spurned  
Giantsfan79 : 12/6/2017 8:54 am : link
and have to move on. At least Ohtani was classy enough to drag the Yankees along, he easily could have.

Now we can look forward to investing in several top Latin prospects which is better for depth.
From what capone shared on the other thread  
mfsd : 12/6/2017 9:47 am : link
it sounds like traditional Japanese customs of honor and respect will be an important part of recruiting Ohtani. If his agents have already notified the Yanks theyíre out, I canít imagine stalking him with former players is going to change things.

And I agree, Iím glad they were up front with the Yanks - agents usually do anything they can to keep the Yanks in bidding situations to drive the price up. In this case it doesnít seem to be about money
RE: From what capone shared on the other thread  
Beer Man : 12/6/2017 10:33 am : link
In comment 13727272 mfsd said:
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it sounds like traditional Japanese customs of honor and respect will be an important part of recruiting Ohtani. If his agents have already notified the Yanks theyíre out, I canít imagine stalking him with former players is going to change things.

And I agree, Iím glad they were up front with the Yanks - agents usually do anything they can to keep the Yanks in bidding situations to drive the price up. In this case it doesnít seem to be about money
True. Because of the MLB rules regarding international sigings, the most a team can initially pay Ohtani is somewhere between $500,000 - $600,000 (I forget the exact number). He gave up millions to play in the US, knowing that he won't see the big payday until a little further down the road. So no team can really use money to attract him at this point.
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