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Shohei Ohtani’s Agent Wants 7 Points Addressed From Every MLB Team

Shohei Ohtani is one of the most sought after players available this offseason, with the majority of teams expected to pursue him. This has led to his agent getting creative to try to find the best fit for the player nicknamed “The Japanese Babe Ruth.”

Nez Balelo, who also represents players like Andre Ethier and Ryan Braun, asked every team to submit a written memo with 7 reasons why Ohtani should join their club.

Bill Shaikin of the LA Times expanded on the request from Ohtani’s agent and what points they want addressed:

  • An evaluation of Shohei’s talent as a pitcher and/or a hitter;
  • Player development, medical, training and player performance philosophies and capabilities;
  • Major League, Minor League, and Spring Training facilities;
  • Resources for Shohei’s cultural assimilation;
  • A detailed plan for integrating Shohei into the organization;
  • Why the city and franchise are a desirable place to play;
  • Relevant marketplace characteristics.

These are pretty basic things that you would expect to be asked in Ohtani’s situation. They do however give us a chance to see what factors will be considered when he makes his decision. One of the biggest hurdles for most teams will be figuring out how the best way to utilize the uber-talented two way player. Andrew Friedman seemed confident that it could be done, as noted by Dylan Hernandez of the LA Times:

Speaking generally of two-way players and not of Ohtani specifically, Friedman said last week, “We definitely think that it’s doable for someone who’s talented enough to do both. It takes being a little creative in trying to figure out a schedule and figure out recovery days.”

If the Dodgers could find a way to utilize all of his skills, they will certainly be a front runner considering they fit all of his requests very well. Another draw of the Dodgers is the opportunity to win right away. The Dodgers’ locker room atmosphere is hard to beat as well, with no shortage of leaders and big personalities alike.

Dodgers pitcher Brandon McCarthy showed this while giving his take on what the general answers to Ohtani’s request will be:

McCarthy’s tweet gave us a good laugh, but it also highlighted that the request for 7 bullet points is a bit outside the box. While it may be a different approach, it will be an effective way to see how dedicated teams are to bringing in the Japanese star.

We asked our Twitter followers what they would tell Ohtani to bring him to Los Angeles and here are some of the best responses:

What are some good reasons Ohtani should pick the Dodgers? Let us know in the comments!

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Hunter Thompson

Born in Pennsylvania but comes from a long line of Dodger fans from their Brooklyn days. Extremely passionate about the Dodgers and baseball in general. News writer and Twittercaster for Dodger games. Follow me on Twitter @Officialism27 for more Dodgers talk!


  1. LA is great. Hollywood, Jackie Robinson, pitching Coach Sandy Kofax. History of players from his region. Strong fan base from Asia. Lots of history in LA in Baseball, Hollywood, Martial Arts, and MMA. Bruce Lee’s child Brandon Lee went to private school in Redondo Beach. Long history in LA of building great players and many many RC of year from Karros, Piazza, Beltre, to Nomo and the Martinez brothers, to join Seager and Bellinger. Two young ROY’s on team. Strong pitching ballpark. Medicine USC, UCLA, City of Hope, Cedar Sinai all World Famous medical institutions. Growing city where Google Ventures in moving to town. One of largest big cities in the World a melting pot of loyal fans. Need one extra pitcher to win World Series next year with HOF Kershaw and lights out Kenley. WS in RC year = huge. This is the City where stars are born and fame comes with fortune.

    Need I say more?

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