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Shohei Ohtani | Starting Pitcher | #17

Team: Los Angeles Angels
Age / DOB:  (23) / 7/5/1994
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 214
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
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Shohei Ohtani has a first-degree sprain of the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow, according to a physical obtained by Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports.
A first-degree sprain is the least severe and this physical was distributed to MLB teams as soon as Ohtani entered the posting system, so there's no real reason for immediate panic. But further damage to the UCL could of course eventually lead to Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery. Ohtani underwent platelet-rich plasma treatment in October to address the discomfort that his damaged UCL was causing. He also has a "small free body" in the elbow, according to the report from Yahoo Sports, but the 23-year-old two-way Japanese star should be a full participant at the outset of Angels camp next spring. Tue, Dec 12, 2017 11:01:00 PM
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Angels general manager Billy Eppler said Saturday he doesn't see Shohei Ohtani playing outfield in 2018.

"I don’t anticipate him playing outfield this season," Eppler said at Ohtani's introductory news conference. That's certainly noteworthy, given that he was billed as a two-way star who could play the field when he wasn't on the mound every fifth day. As it is, Ohtani will likely steal at-bats from Albert Pujols at designated hitter, but the aging slugger will certainly get his as well. Perhaps the 23-year-old Japanese star won't be as much as an offensive force as hoped, at least not at first.
Sat, Dec 9, 2017 06:44:00 PM

According to a statement from Shohei Ohtani's representatives, RHP/OF Shohei Ohtani will sign with the Angels.

Ohtani picks the Angels after a whirlwind week where he narrows his choice down to seven clubs, and Los Angeles ends up with the winning ticket. The Halos will hand over a $20 million dollar posting fee for the rights to negotiate his contract, and they'll be able to pay him upwards of $2.5 million dollars after making a deal to acquire cash from the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday. The 23-year-old pitcher/outfielder is baseball's first legitimate two-way prospect in some time, and he'll get a chance to play in the outfield, DH, and start for the Angels in 2018.
Fri, Dec 8, 2017 02:13:00 PM

Buster Olney of ESPN reports that teams are expecting scrutiny from Commissioner Rob Manfred and MLB officials involving possible infractions no matter what team Shohei Ohtani chooses to sign with.

Teams were warned by Manfred that they could only use the merits of the club to try and convince Ohtani to sign, and that no promises could be made about future contracts or any other financial business partnership. An unnamed source tells Olney that Manfred has given the issue an "unprecedented" amount of attention, knowing that there are several avenues teams could try and exploit to procure his services. This comes a few weeks after the unrivaled penalty Atlanta received that saw the loss of prospects and the banning of former General Manager John Coppolella. For whatever the reasons may be, it appears baseball is serious about keeping the international shenanigans out of the game.
Source: ESPN
Fri, Dec 8, 2017 10:39:00 AM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports is hearing that Shohei Ohtani's decision "could possibly come by early next week."

Ohtani met with seven teams this week at the CAA offices in Los Angeles: the Dodgers, Angels, and Giants on Monday and the Mariners, Rangers, Cubs, and Padres on Tuesday. There's no clear frontrunner at this point, with little to no leaks coming out of Ohtani's camp as to where he prefers to play. The 23-year-old two-way star touched 101.6 mph with his fastball this past summer in Nippon Professional Baseball and he has generated tremendous numbers as a hitter. The team that lands him will get a full six years of control after paying a $20 million posting fee to the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters and a relatively miniscule bonus (between $3.535 million and $300,000) to Ohtani himself.
Thu, Dec 7, 2017 03:50:00 PM

Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that a team interested in acquiring Shohei Ohtani is "on the verge" of acquiring international cash from the Twins.

Morosi says that the deal could be done as soon as Wednesday night. Because of MLB's international signing rules, teams are limited to what they have available in their allocated funds to pay the 23-year-old two-way Japanese star. With the Twins no longer a contender for Ohtani's services, they're able to acquire players from teams who are still in the hunt. Stay tuned.
Wed, Dec 6, 2017 09:04:00 PM

Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that Shohei Ohtani has met with all seven finalists to sign him.

Ohtani and his agents sat down with the Dodgers, Angels, and Giants on Monday and the Mariners, Rangers, Cubs, and Padres on Tuesday. These meetings took place at the CAA offices in Los Angeles. Passan says the "timetable is not clear yet" for when Ohtani will make a decision, "but it could well be soon." The 23-year-old two-way star from Oshu, Japan has a fastball that has been clocked at 102 mph and a batting stroke that has generated exit velocities as high as 111.1 mph. He's a potentially game-changing and franchise-changing type of talent, and the team that lands him will get six full years of cost control after paying a $20 million posting fee to the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters.
Wed, Dec 6, 2017 03:17:00 PM

According to Jeff Fletcher of the Los Angeles Daily News, the Angels have also met with Shohei Otani and his representatives this week in Los Angeles.

To recap: Ohtani and his agents at CAA spoke with the Dodgers, Angels, and Giants on Monday and the Mariners, Rangers, and Cubs on Tuesday. There is also expected to be a sit-down with the Padres sometime this week. The deadline for Ohtani to decide on a Major League Baseball team is December 22, though it sounds like it could come together much sooner than that -- possibly within the next several days. The team that lands the 23-year-old two-way star will pay a $20 million posting fee to the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters and a relatively small signing bonus (between $3.535 million and $1.315 million) to the player himself.
Tue, Dec 5, 2017 08:28:00 PM

Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times reports that the Mariners met with Shohei Ohtani on Tuesday morning in Los Angeles.

Divish says "the exact traveling party to the meeting wasn’t known," but Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto, director of scouting Tom Allison, Pacific Rim liaison assistant Antony Suzuki, and Japan-based scout Manny Noto all watched Ohtani play in person this past September in Japan. Ohtani and his representative have also met with front office members of the Dodgers, Giants, Rangers, and Cubs this week in Los Angeles, and there are sit-downs scheduled with the Padres and Angels.
Tue, Dec 5, 2017 07:46:00 PM

Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that the Rangers met with Shohei Ohtani and his representatives Tuesday in Los Angeles.

Rangers co-owner Ray Davis, general manager Jon Daniels, and manager Jeff Banister were all present for the sales pitch, along with some other members of the front office. Ohtani sat down with the Dodgers and Giants on Monday and he's expected to chat with the Padres, Cubs, Mariners, and Angels sometime this week. The belief is the 23-year-old Japanese star will have an agreement in place with a major league club by December 22. Texas has been in pursuit of Ohtani since he was in high school and can offer the highest signing bonus at $3.535 million.
Tue, Dec 5, 2017 04:10:00 PM

Per Ken Rosenthal of the Athletic, Shohei Ohtani met with the Dodgers on Monday.

It was a busy day for Ohtani, who also had a meeting with NL West rival Giants. Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that the Rangers also traveled to Los Angeles for a meeting, though it's unclear whether it took place on Monday or will happen on Tuesday. Ohtani narrowed the field of finalists to seven teams on Sunday, with the Padres, Cubs, Mariners, and Angels also in the mix. The deadline for a deal is December 22, though Ohtani could make a decision sooner.
Tue, Dec 5, 2017 08:57:00 AM

According to Jim Bowden of Sirius XM, the Giants are meeting with Japanese star Shohei Ohtani in Los Angeles on Monday.

All seven of the finalists will meet with Ohtani in the coming days. The Giants are also juggling a potential trade for Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton. Some have speculated that the AL would be a better fit for Ohtani because of the ability to DH, but four out of the seven finalists are National League teams. In addition to the Giants, Ohtani is also considering the Dodgers, Padres, and Cubs from the NL. The Mariners, Rangers, and Angels are in the mix from the American League. All seven of the finalists train in Arizona for spring training.
Mon, Dec 4, 2017 10:06:00 AM

Jim Bowden of Sirius XM reports that Shohei Ohtani is only considering the Dodgers, Angels, Padres, Giants, Mariners, Rangers, and Cubs.

We've been piecing this together one-by-one over the past 24 hours, but these are the only seven teams that Ohtani is considering. The great majority of the finalists are on the West Coast, with the exception of the Rangers and Cubs. Of course, the Rangers have a strong history with Japanese players. As for the Cubs, they might have pitched him on creative plans to use him as both a pitcher and hitter. They are also strongly-positioned to win right away. Each finalist should meet with Ohtani in the coming days, with a resolution to come later this month.
Mon, Dec 4, 2017 08:57:00 AM

Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports that the Rangers may still be in the mix for Japanese star Shohei Ohtani.

Grant hears that the Rangers and Cubs are the only two teams remaining that aren't on the west coast. The Giants, Mariners and Padres will all meet with Ohtani and his representatives this week, while the Angels and Dodgers are expected to make the cut as well.
Sun, Dec 3, 2017 09:55:00 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Padres are still believed to be in the hunt for Shohei Ohtani.

The Padres join the Giants and Mariners as confirmed finalists, and are likely to be joined by the Dodgers, Angels and possibly the Cubs. Ohtani and his representatives will meet with each of the remaining teams this week before choosing his destination.
Sun, Dec 3, 2017 08:01:00 PM

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Batters
PosRoleName
C1Martin Maldonado
2Rene Rivera
3Carlos Perez
4Juan Graterol
1B1C.J. Cron
2Jefry Marte
2B1Ian Kinsler
2Kaleb Cowart
3Colin Walsh
SS1Andrelton Simmons
2Nolan Fontana
3B1Zack Cozart
2Luis Valbuena
LF1Justin Upton
CF1Mike Trout
2Michael Hermosillo
RF1Kole Calhoun
DH1Albert Pujols
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Garrett Richards
2J.C. Ramirez
3Matt Shoemaker
4Tyler Skaggs
5Parker Bridwell
6Alex Meyer
7Andrew Heaney
8Troy Scribner
9Nick Tropeano
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Cam Bedrosian
2Blake Parker
3Jim Johnson
4Keynan Middleton
5Jose Alvarez
6Blake Wood
7Noe Ramirez
8Eduardo Paredes
9Luke Bard