After a great deal of back and forth in the last week alone, it appears as though the Shohei Otani saga may finally be entering the home stretch. After it looked for a bit like his prospects of coming to MLB this season were on their deathbed, the star pitcher/outfielder resuscitated them when he hired new representation. Then came word that MLB and Nippon Professional Baseball had reached an agreement to grandfather the now-defunct posting system for one more year.
That bit about hiring a US-based agent is going to be very important with the last remaining hurdle in the process, which is the approval of the Players Association. According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, the union had not been made aware of the agreement as of early Wednesday afternoon. Why does the MLBPA care about a guy who isn’t even a member yet? Glad you asked.
Under the rules of the new collective bargaining agreement that went into effect prior to the 2017 season — and that established the rules that govern Otani’s limited salary — the union can veto any transfer agreement. …Read the Rest
Source:: Cubs Insider