Monday, November 13, 2017

Somehow, Sox Are In The Mix For Japan's Shohei Otani

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One of the few things pundits have been pretty certain of is that the Red Sox are not seriously in on 23-year-old Japanese phenom Shohei Otani. After the $20 million posting fee (which John Henry can cover), Boston is restricted by MLB's international pool money rules to offer the two-way star no more than their allotted $462,000. Compare that to what The Evil Ones can offer ($3.25 million), and it should be no contest. And yet, reports from the GM Meetings that the Red Sox will be "in the middle of the action" on Otani. The Red Sox would likely utilize Otani as a lefty DH and as a right-handed pitcher (which may be the player's preference). It's still a pretty long shot that Otani lands at Fenway—but it now sounds like at least there will be a chance.