Posted 11 April 2017 - 01:16 PM
What am I missing here? All the articles say this will prevent Otani from coming for three years now, but I'm not quite sure I see why.
The cap is on the bonus. I've read that exact wording in several articles, including those linked here and others I've found on my own. What I haven't seen, is why a team couldn't just give the max bonus and then immediately sign him to an MLB contract extension for all the money he is actually worth.
Now, I obviously don't see if there is wording in the CBA to prevent this type of thing, but teams don't have to wait a certain amount of time to sign their player's to extensions. Some get them their first year in the majors, or after just six MLB games like Evan Longoria.
Otani would be in the majors immediately, so why can't he then immediately get the big contract? Seems to me that would be pretty easy to negotiate on the front end.
Scouting Report: Power: 30, Hitting: 50, Arm: 60, Defense: 45, Speed: 45. "Line drive swing and shows good contact and on-base abilities. Double's power at his peak. Strong arm from 2B or the OF, stiff hands. Not a fast runner, but above average instincts on the bases. Skinny body doesn't look the part, but will sneak up on you. ACL surgery sapped much of his athleticism." (Probably)