ABOUT SHOHEI OHTANI
Star power: Ohtani is a 6-foot-4, 200-pound standout righthanded pitcher and lefthanded hitter for the Japanese League’s Nippon Ham Fighters. He has been with the team since his teenage years and has movie star-caliber charisma.
Age: 23. If he waited two years he could sign any type of major league contract, probably for more than $100 million. Because he is not yet 25, he can only sign a minor league contract, with teams using their limited international bonus money, and earn the major league minimum.
Attraction: Ohtani’s fastball is 100 mph and he has two excellent breaking pitches. He is valued as a starting pitcher in MLB, but he also would like to play right field or be a designated hitter when he is not pitching. He missed much of last season after ankle surgery but struck out 174 batters in 140 innings in 2016 and has 30 home runs in 525 at-bats in the past two seasons.
Money talks: All 30 MLB teams will be interested and will have to post $20 million, but it will be collected only from the signing team. The posting system must first be ratified; that is expected Friday.
Twins interest: The Twins have the third-most international bonus money of any MLB team at $3.25 million, placing them high among suitors. That money can be traded as well. Chief Baseball Office Derek Falvey and GM Thad Levine have said the team will make a pitch for Ohtani. The Twins need pitching and would use Ohtani as a DH.