FanGraphs Audio: How the Ohtani Deal Developed

Episode 790
Within hours of each other this past week, the Angels and Mariners — both looking to sign Shohei Otani — completed trades with the Twins for extra bonus-pool money. According to Dave Cameron, it’s reasonable to think that both clubs had direction from Ohtani’s representatives. Also discussed: what Tyler Chatwood’s contract with the Cubs means for Alex Cobb. And: an update on the prospects whose contracts with the Braves were dissolved by the league.

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Were the complaints about this at all meritorious? I heard about the proposed MLB investigation and apparent contradictions between what Ohtani wanted and ultimately selected. While that’s understandable, Shohei was literally the international man of mystery. It’s hard for me to believe that anyone really knew what he wanted, despite all the prospecting.