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Obsessive Ohtani Watch: MLBPA Deadline for a Posting Deal is Tonight, No Progress Made

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The Shohei Ohtani train might be stuck in the station if the MLB Players Association and MLB cannot quickly come to an agreement on the protocol for posted players from NPB.


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As of late last week, the MLBPA – a necessary party to the agreement already reached by MLB and NPB – was balking at a variety of terms, including the timing of posted players, the way service time issues would be sussed out, and, of course, the amount of money players coming over can get (versus what their team can get).

Jon Morosi reports that things did not come together last night, and the sides are up against a (self-imposed) deadline tonight:

But, keep in mind, Morosi himself has said that the sides will keep negotiating beyond tonight if progress is made today:

Odds remain strong that at least enough progress will be made today to keep the sides talking. MLB has already conceded that they weren’t expecting a new posting agreement to be in place until December, so it seems like there’s time.

But until the posting agreement is officially in place, Ohtani cannot be posted, and teams cannot go crazy trying to woo him.


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Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation.