Dave Dombrowski Confirms Red Sox' Interest In Shohei Ohtani

Shohei Ohtani, who has been called the "Japanese Babe Ruth", is in America and preparing to meet with Major League Baseball teams.

That timeframe was revealed in conjunction with the announcement of a new agreement between MLB and Nippon Professional Baseball that lays out terms for players to move from Japan to MLB beginning next offseason.

The 2016 season was his best at the plate and on the mound, hitting a career-high 22 homers while driving in 67 runs in 104 games while going 10-4 with a 1.86 ERA in 21 games (20 starts) on the hill.

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.

Ohtani's representatives recently sent a questionnaire to all 30 clubs, requesting each team's plan for Ohtani.

As part of the deal, a tiered system for posting fees will start next November 1.

The 23-year-old ace/slugger should be courted by all 30 Major League Baseball teams, and whichever team lands him will have to pay the Nippon Ham Fighters a $20 million posting fee. The fee will be 20 per cent of the first $25 million of a major league contract, including earned bonuses and options.

Just about every Major League Baseball team will be interested in signing Ohtani.

A right-hander, Otani has a 42-15 record with a 2.52 ERA and 624 strikeouts in 543 innings over five seasons, and a.286 batting average with 48 homers and 166 RBIs.

The Rangers now have the most worldwide bonus pool money available ($3.535 million), followed by the Yankees ($3.5 million) and Twins ($3.07 million). Under the previous agreement, the time period was Nov 1 through March 1.