Ohtani the hot topic at GM Meetings – MLB.com

“He’s an incredibly talented player; we, like 29 other clubs, have scouted him extensively,” Mariners GM Jerry Dipoto said. “Obviously, it’s a unique skill set, and there’s a reason why it’s attracted so much attention.”

Nippon has said that it plans to post Ohtani, though a new posting agreement between MLB and Nippon Professional Baseball has not been put in place. The old agreement, under which MLB clubs paid Japanese teams a release fee of up to $20 million, expired on Oct. 31.

MLB.com’s Jon Paul Morosi reported last week that Ohtani’s representatives at Creative Artists Agency, a Los Angeles-based group, were slated to meet with the Major League Baseball Players Association in the coming days, potentially setting the wheels in motion for an agreement to be reached.

MLB and NPB had made progress on a new agreement that would have had the NPB club receiving a percentage of the player’s guaranteed contract. Nippon has withheld its support for that concept since the 23-year-old Ohtani is likely to sign for less than $5 million — and possibly less than $1 million — because of bonus limitations in the Collective Bargaining Agreement on international players under 25 years old.

Although Ohtani’s Major League destination remains one of the most significant story lines of this offseason, what happens with him once he arrives here is just as noteworthy.

Could Ohtani succeed in the Majors as a two-way player, working as both a starting pitcher and an outfielder/designated hitter?

“Babe Ruth did it, right?” Red Sox president Dave Dombrowski said. “He was pretty good.”

Based on their comments, it seems the GMs believe it would take a Ruthian effort to succeed as a two-way player.

“It’s really demanding to be a one-way player, let alone trying to be a two-way player,” Pirates

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