It's a done deal! Shohei Ohtani is coming to MLB in 2018

MLB-MLBPA and Japan League reach agreement for posting process

Shohei Ohtani. AP

Shohei Ohtani. AP | AP

Probably the most sought-after international free agent in recent years, Shohei Ohtani, will officially be making his way to Major League Baseball in 2018.

According to Jon Morosi of, MLB and the MLB Player's Association have reached an agreement with the Japan Professional Baseball League in regards to the posting rules.


Morosi indicates that previous agreement will be used for this year and new agreement will take effect in 2018-2019 off-season.

The biggest takeaway from this agreement is basically that Shohei Ohtani will be playing baseball in the Big Leagues next season, informed Morosi.


According to Joel Sherman of, the earliest that Ohtani would be posted would be on Friday, November 24th, and would have to sign before the end of December.

Some of the teams interested in the signing the player that has been called the new "Babe Ruth" are: New York Yankees, Los Angeles Dodgers, Texas Rangers, Seattle Mariners and pretty much any other team in the Big Leagues.

The Yankees have been mentioned to be the favorites to sign the flamethrower and home run hitter in one.

Otani was plagued by injuries this season, finishing with a .332 batting average in 65 games and pitching for 3.20 ERA in 5 starts in the Japan League.

The agreement had been stalled by the MLBPA due to the fact that they didn't agree with the players not getting any of the $20 million dollar posting fee that would only go to the team.

CAA Sports is the agency representing the Japanese player,  which also represents several other Major League players like the Giants catcher, Buster Posey, and Mets pitchers, Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard.