Shohei Otani is coming to MLB, but probably not to the Cubs

There are several factors likely sending the Japanese star elsewhere.

Japanese star Shohei Otani (sometimes spelled Ohtani) is unique in modern baseball. A star pitcher, he also serves as a designated hitter on days he’s not pitching, and he’s really good at both.

Early Friday, Otani’s team in Nippon Pro Baseball (NPB) announced that he would be available to MLB teams through the posting system. That system, where any MLB team that wants to negotiate with a posted player would agree to pay his NPB team $20 million, recently expired, but is expected to be extended.

Because Otani is 23, he is subject to new international signing rules that treat anyone under 25 the same way; teams are restricted in how much they can pay an under-25 player by how much they have available in their international bonus pool.

And this is one reason why Otani isn’t likely coming to the Cubs. Here are the bonus pools available now for all 30 teams:

Texas Rangers — $3,535,000
New York Yankees — $3,250,000
Minnesota Twins — $3,245,000
Pittsburgh Pirates — $2,266,750
Miami Marlins — $1,740,000
Seattle Mariners — $1,570,500
Philadelphia Phillies — $900,000
Milwaukee Brewers — $765,000
Arizona Diamondbacks — $731,250
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Source:: Bleed Cubbie Blue

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