Japanese phenom Shohei Ohtani is now available to Major League Baseball teams

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Ohthani's Japanese team the Nippon Ham Figthers are expected to formally post the player on Friday once the new posting system has been ratified by Major League Baseball owners. It was expected after a tentative agreement was reached last week.

With the baseball world awaiting where Shohei Ohtani will end up in MLB, MLB.com posted an interview with the Japanese player that was done in February.

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Japanese media outlets reported Ohtani is now in Los Angeles, and he is expected to meet with Major League clubs as soon as next week. As a result, Ohtani will still be subject to the previous agreement, established in 2013, in which a team must give $20 million to the player's Japanese team, which in the case of Ohtani is the Nippon Ham Fighters.

Some parts of the posting system will be the same as the old one, at least for this year.

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"Being involved in that game - the colour and the atmosphere around it - was one of the best days of my life", he said. I think that will really capture people's imagination at home.

For minor league contracts, the fee will be 25 per cent of the signing bonus. He'll sign a minimum-salary deal and can not receive a bonus of more than $3.55 million. The fee will be 20 per cent of the first $25 million of a major league contract, including earned bonuses and options.

As part of the agreement with NPB that runs from next November 1 through October 31, 2021, a tiered system for posting fees will be put in place.

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Ohtani is the reigning Pacific League MVP and was 3-2 with a 3.20 ERA this year for the Fighters, limited because of thigh and ankle injuries. The teams with the most to offer include the Rangers ($3,335,000), the Yankees ($3.25 million) and Twins ($3,245,000).

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