2. Sign Shohei Ohtani
There’s no doubt the Twins are in the running for the two-way Japanese star, but so is the rest of the league. Yet, Minnesota does have the third-largest international bonus pool money to use on the extremely talented player. Better yet, outside of the $20 million fee that goes to the Nippon Ham Fighters for Ohtani’s service, the cost of signing him is around $3.5 million.
While he could demand much more on the market, the fact he’s only 23 years old prevents him from a lucrative deal. As a result, he’s stuck signing a minor league contract, but that apparently doesn’t bother Ohtani too much. In fact, money doesn’t look like a huge factor at all.
Most believe Ohtani will ultimately land in a big market such as the New York Yankees or Los Angeles Dodgers, but this Tweet shows he may look beyond what those markets can offer him financially. In fact, he seems more focused on the game of baseball and how teams will use him. As a star pitcher and top power bat in Japan, rumors suggest that he’d also like to be a two-way player in the MLB.
With the Twins, there’s no reason Ohtani can’t do both as Minnesota could use a left-handed power bat in the lineup. Additionally, they could definitely his 100-plus mph fastball in the rotation. In the end, it may be a long shot considering the number of teams in on him, but the idea of having Berríos and him in the rotation would bode well for the long-term future of the Twins.