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Drayer: A look at the Mariners’ Shohei Ohtani-issued homework

The Mariners have their sights set on acquiring Shohei Ohtani. (AP)

Get your rest and drink plenty of fluids. We are just days away from Ohtani-palooza.

With the MLB owners scheduled to vote for ratification of the posting agreement with Japan’s NPB on Dec. 1, Shohei Ohtani is expected to be posted shortly after. Then 21 days of frenzy will commence.

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Homework has already been assigned, with Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times publishing the details of a memo Ohtani’s agent sent to all 30 MLB clubs. The agent asks for interested clubs to submit presentations in both English and Japanese, if possible, on the following questions in order for Ohtani to make first cuts to the field of prospective suitors.

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

This is hardly a pop quiz for the Mariners with Jerry Dipoto pointing out on his podcast that the team has been preparing for an opportunity to sell the club and city to Ohtani for the better part of a year now. Elaborate and often creative presentations are the norm for top free agents, but with a strict 21-day time limit on this deal once Ohtani is posted and no guarantee of a Seattle visit, the answers to the very specific questions carry even more significance.

How does Seattle and the Mariners measure up? For extra credit perhaps, both got a hearty endorsement from Hisashi Iwkuma, who signed a minor league deal with the club on Monday.

It’s honored to sign with the Seattle Mariners for the next season. Mariners offered me a contract even when I was still in early rehab. I also really appreciate all the Mariners staff that helped me rehab after the season. I signed a minor league deal until I recover well but I will definitely come back and contribute to win for the Mariners. Me and my family love Mariners and the city of Seattle so we’re happy to stay in here! With huge gratitude in my heart, I will do my best on rehab to come back! Thank you! . 来年2018年もシアトルマリナーズでプレイする事になりました。 肩のクリーニング手術をしたばかりの僕にすぐに声をかけてくれ、オフのリハビリにも協力してくれた全てのマリナーズの関係者の皆様に心から感謝しています。 投げれるまではマイナー契約ですが、必ず良くなってチームの勝利に貢献したいと思っています。 僕も家族も、マリナーズやシアトルの街が大好きなので、とても幸せです。 感謝の気持ちを持ちながら、一日一日リハビリやトレーニングを頑張ります! ありがとうございました(*^^*)

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