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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Mets Rumors: Mets Don't Have Real Shot At Japanese Star Ohtani

Mets Rumors: Mets Don't Have Real Shot At Japanese Star Ohtani

The New York Mets have been open to say that they will explore the opportunity of signing Japanese Superstar Shohei Ohtani, but the realism is it's not likely to happen.

The Mets have only $150,000 of international bonus pool money to offer Ohtani, while three other clubs have much more like the Rangers ($3.535MM), who have a slight edge over the Yankees ($3.5MM) for the largest pool, followed by the Twins ($3.245MM).  Most likely this means Ohtani will make the league minimum plus what ever bonus money they have to offer.

It's going to take the Mets to trade for more bonus pool money to be a serious contender for his services. Another thing is the Mets have to offer a $20 million posting fee to his team in Japan which the bidding will start December 2nd. The team that wins then can negotiate a contract and will have 21 days to complete this.

According to multiple reports, the Mets were not among the 15 teams to scout Ohtani in Japan during September. The Yankees, Red Sox, Dodgers, and Nationals were rumored to be in attendance.

"I want to go to an environment where I can continue to get better," Ohtani recently said. "I felt the same way when I graduated from high school. And it is my strongest reason for wanting to go now."

There are recent rumors that the Mets have traded a minor leaguer to Orioles for more bonus pool money, but there is no indication that this is true at this point.

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