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Shohei Otani - a ten tool player

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  1. Hemo_jr

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    PLEASE, NO!!
     
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    That's crazii if he ends up at the Yankees.
     
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    I think that’s just chatter and not a factor but if it is it’s Very interesting since if that is some odd priority of his it eliminates New York (Tanaka), LA (Maeda, Ryu), and Seattle (Iwakuma). I still think he ends up with the Yankees or Rangers.
     
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    I'll just throw this out there. I think he's gonna be a bust. No expert reasoning, just a gut feeling. I hope Rangers pay out the a$$ for him.
     
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    While Astros are a dark horse candidate, the Astros are the best place for him if he wants to win a World Series. No team is more built to win now and to win throughout his career than the Astros.
     
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    The Astros right now is the Warriors without Durant. A championship team on the verge of a dynasty. Ohtani can be our Durant if he’s as good as advertised. Take all of that and take out the whole c*ntiness attitude and the analogy fits.
     
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    ⚬ The Astros organization is arguably the best in the MLB at player development,
    ⚬ Stromie is as good a pitching coach as there is in the MLB,
    ⚬ Hudgens is as as good as it gets for hitting coaches
    ⚬ Ohtani will have his choice of lockers next to Verlander or Altuve,
    ⚬ The organization is at the forefront of injury prevention.
    ⚬ State of the art Spring Training facility at West Palm Beach
    ⚬ The team has the most fun playing the game of anyone
    ⚬ Crane is an amazing owner who has gone the extra mile for the city & Puerto Rico
    ⚬ Beltran (DH) just retired leaving a potential DH spot in the line-up
    ⚬ Astros have experience having Japanese players - e.g., last year with Aoki
    ⚬ 2017 World Series Champs!
    ⚬ AJ Hinch, BA's Manager of the year
    ⚬ Altuve 2017 MVP
    ⚬ Club Astros!
    ⚬ Did I mention Justin Verlander is on the team?
     
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    The Yankees and Dodgers are both set up to have as good a chance to win the WS over the next 10 years as Houston. Both teams have excellent young cores, good farms, and WAY more money than Houston. If I’m Ohtani I narrow the bidding to those 2 teams and base the decision on their plan for development, marketing, and compensation.
     
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    You mean he wouldn't be allowed to put his locker next to Yuli??
     
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    These are decent reasons but unfortunately are more than overshadowed by:

    Houston can only offer $300k.

    Houston had a player shown on national television mocking an Asian player during the World Series.

    Houston’s front office has a reputation for being analytical and squeezing their players for the maximized return on their money.

    Houston is in CST, nowhere near the west coast.

    Houston is a mid-market franchise.

    I will be utterly shocked if Ohtani signs with Houston. To me they’re not even a dark horse. Yankees are the favorites, Dodgers have a shot, Rangers have a shot due to their scouting connections, other west coast teams are dark horses due to location.
     
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    If Ohtani joins us on the grounds that Yuli has to be traded, would you do it?
     
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    Any team should refuse to sign him if he gives a stupid ultimatum like that.
     
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    Ryu is Korean not Japanese.
     
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    No. Not because Yuli is some vastly superior player, but because that sends a terrible message to the clubhouse.
     
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    I'd definitely be shocked if he signed here, but the money will in all likelihood have nothing to do with his decision. Not much difference between $300K and $3 million when you're likely going to sign a solid MLB contract halfway through your first season and are going to have a ton of high-paying endorsement opportunities.
     
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    From NY Daily News http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/b...ls-news-expect-shohei-otani-article-1.3670136

     
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