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Major League Baseball approves Japan deal, allowing Ohtani bids — APNewsBreak

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A person familiar with the decision says Major League Baseball owners have approved a new posting agreement with their Japanese counterparts in a move that allows bidding to start for coveted pitcher and outfielder Shohei Ohtani. Ohtani will have until 11:59 p.m. ET on December 22 to sign with an Major League Baseball team.

The 23-year-old ace/slugger should be courted by all 30 Major League Baseball teams, and whichever team lands him will have to pay the Nippon Ham Fighters a $20 million posting fee. If the new system had gone into effect, it would have meant a lot less money for the Nippon-Ham Fighters.

The Rangers now have the most worldwide bonus pool money available ($3.535 million), followed by the Yankees ($3.5 million) and Twins ($3.07 million).

Ohtani arrived in Los Angeles on Wednesday night and is expected to draw interest from many franchises. That person spoke on condition of anonymity because no announcement was made.

Let the Shohei Ohtani sweepstakes begin.

Just about every Major League Baseball team will be interested in signing Ohtani. (For minor league contracts of "Foreign Professionals" that contain Major League terms, a supplemental release fee will be owed at the player is added to the 25 man roster).

Ohtani was the 2016 Pacific League MVP and was 3-2 with a 3.20 ERA this year for the Fighters, limited because of thigh and ankle injuries. However, it does not go into effect until November 1, 2018.

In addition, MLB said Kazuhisa Makita, a 33-year-old right-hander on the Pacific League's Seibu Lions, will be posted by December 31.

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