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Shohei Ohtani Updated 12/10/17


Ohtani heads to the Majors, but who will he sign with?
It has been the news of the week as we know Japanese Sensation Shohei Ohtani will be joining Major League Baseball next season or possibly even sooner. He has sent every owner the following message.

Greetings, owners of Major League Baseball.

I hope you are excited as I am for me to be a part of MLB. I want to make an impact on any team, and I can't wait to be a part of this league.

If you want to sign me, here is what you need to do: You need to send me a detailed message telling me what you would do with me, why I should come to your town, and what the contract would be. I also ask you to give me photos of your Spring Training facility [not really necessary] and your other team facilities.

Any team that does not send me those things, I will not sign with you. Please know that it isn't always about the money, it is where I feel will fit me best. Thank you.

What we know so far is that the following teams have sent in their offers.

Indians
Red Sox
Diamondbacks
Giants
Braves
Cubs
BlueJays
Mariners
Athletics
Tigers
Marlins
Phillies
Cardinals
Astros

We also know due to leaked reports that Ohtani has been leaning towards an American League Team following reports he has Received offers no one can turn down. But he has not ruled out any team yet. We have confirmed News that Shohei Ohtani is making his first trip to the United States Late this evening after announcing he will join major league baseball. He is rumored to Land in SFO Airport at around 11:25 pm tonight and will be meeting with the Giants. Its still unclear what the Meeting is about or what this means to other teams but make no mistake we will keep you informed.

LATEST UPDATE:

We are still uncertain of what the Giants had to offer but we know they had a very long meeting in the heart of japan town in San Francisco. We caught up with Ohtani at the airport for a quick word as to what we can expect next and he had this to share with us.

"I have just received what i believe is the Giants final offer. I really love this city and had a great time with the Giants organization. I head on to Toronto and after that Boston."
After being asked if he recieved any new offers he let us know that no team has reached out and the number stays at 14 offers. He has also not turned down an offer leaving us to wonder when he will do so. He did say he was disappointed that no team had really talked or tried to fix a concern he had and when asked to elaborate on that concern he simple boarded his plane and left us with a mystery to solve. We will see you in Toronto.

LATEST UPDATE:
In a press conference following a 3 hour meeting with Shohei Ohtani, Toronto Blue Jays GM Yitz Friedman, Manager Joe Girardi and Bench Coach Shawon Dunston all announced that he was such a class act and was so polite and is the type of player they hope to be a leader full term.

HEADLINES

Shohei Ohtani has received pitches from ten teams, the Red Sox, Astros, Cubs, Diamondbacks, Mariners, A's, Tigers, Blue Jays, Phillies, Marlins, Giants, and Braves. Which team will he sign with, and are all other teams not partaking in the sweeps? Mark Feinsand reports on exfactor.com. The Yankees now have a six game lead after taking a defeat to the Red Sox, losing 2-1 to a walk-off. Boston now sits 11 back in the division and 2 ahead in the Wild Card, despite being 2 games under .500. The Royals are still in first place, as nothing changes in the AL Central, as everyone lost. KC lost to SF, 2-0, Toronto lost to San Diego 3-2, Detroit falls to Colorado in extras 3-1, and Cleveland loses in a shutout to Arizona. Seattle still has their 10-game edge over the A's.So, not much to watch in the division, but if Oakland can improve, they could get into a Wild Card spot before the All-Star Break, while being under .500. Seems interesting. Philly still has a 3 game edge on Atlanta, and the Mets now have a goal on not finishing in last place in the NL. The Brewers still hold their microscopic 1 game lead over the Cubs, and surprisingly have not sent in a bid for Shohei Ohtani. If the Cubs get him, it makes them a major threat to take the division. St. Louis gains a game on both teams, now just 2 back in the division. Pittsburgh still is 11 back. Arizona keeps at a 4 game lead, claiming victory. All four teams in the division won yesterday, leaving no movement in the division.

Sim Schedule Update (Until All-Star Break)

Here is the sim schedule until December 20:

Dec. 8: One sim (9 am EST)
Dec. 9: One sim (1 pm EST)
Dec. 10: One sim (8 pm EST)
Dec. 11: One sim (5 pm EST)
Dec. 12: One sim (6 pm EST)
Dec. 13: One sim (9 am EST) (ASG Voting Ends 6 pm EST)
Dec. 14: One sim (7 pm EST)
Dec. 15: One sim (5 pm EST)
Dec. 16: One sim (1 pm EST)
Dec. 17: One sim (8 pm EST)
Dec. 18: One sim (5 pm EST)
Dec. 19: One sim (6 pm EST) (Final Vote Ends 6 pm EST, Final Rosters Announced)
Dec. 20: Two sims (9:00 aM EST, 5:00 pm EST)

All-Star Ballots

Please visit exfactor.com
(https://sites.google.com/view/theexfactor/all-star-ballots)
to vote for the 2017 MLB All-Star Game presented by Mastercard in Philadelphia, at Citizens Bank Park.

For those who cannot access the ballots, here are the links (copy and paste in your browser):
AL: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/YZKJS7N
NL: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Y6XRCXZ

League Chat Box

 

Strasburg's 8-K performance not enough

Stephen Strasburg whiffed 8 batters, but the Pirates managed to beat the Tigers, 7-1. | Box

Ryu whiffs 8 in 4-2 win

Hyun-jin Ryu struckout 8 Texas batters in a 4-2 win for the Brewers. | Box

Miranda dominates, Phillies win 5-0

Ariel Miranda was brilliant last night, allowing just 1 hit over 6 innings, leading the Phillies to a 5-0 win over the Marlins. | Box

Iannetta powers Braves to win over Astros

Chris Iannetta blasted 2 homers, lifting the Braves to a 18-4 win over Houston. Atlanta's Jose Martinez had 5 RBIs. Michael Conforto recorded 4 hits. | Box

Zunino unloads, Indians still lose

Mike Zunino blasted 2 homers, but it wasn't enough to lift the Indians over the Cardinals. St. Louis won by a score of 15-5. | Box

WHO'S HOT - Last 5 Games

C. Blackmon, Royals .4744 HR7 RBI
C. Iannetta, Braves .3892 HR9 RBI
N. Arenado, Cardinals .4741 HR9 RBI
M. Conforto, Braves .4213 HR6 RBI
D. Santana, Rangers .4002 HR6 RBI

Leaders: RBI

J. Altuve, Mariners 63
B. Belt, Phillies 56
M. Moustakas, Rays 54
F. Lindor, Cardinals 54
A. Judge, Indians 48

WHO'S NOT - Last 5 Games

R. Braun, Rays 0 for 20 (.000)
J. Lucroy, Astros 2 for 22 (.091)
C. Utley, Tigers 0 for 20 (.000)
A. Simmons, Tigers 1 for 20 (.050)
I. Suzuki, Astros 0 for 19 (.000)

Leaders: Wins

D. Betances, Braves 11
C. Morton, Mariners 11
C. Kershaw, Cubs 10
A. Miranda, Phillies 10
L. Severino, Phillies 9
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WHO'S HOT - Last 5 Games

C. Blackmon, Royals .4744 HR7 RBI
C. Iannetta, Braves .3892 HR9 RBI
N. Arenado, Cardinals .4741 HR9 RBI
M. Conforto, Braves .4213 HR6 RBI
D. Santana, Rangers .4002 HR6 RBI

WHO'S NOT - Last 5 Games

R. Braun, Rays 0 for 20 (.000)
J. Lucroy, Astros 2 for 22 (.091)
C. Utley, Tigers 0 for 20 (.000)
A. Simmons, Tigers 1 for 20 (.050)
I. Suzuki, Astros 0 for 19 (.000)

Leaders: RBI

J. Altuve, Mariners 63
B. Belt, Phillies 56
M. Moustakas, Rays 54
F. Lindor, Cardinals 54
A. Judge, Indians 48

Leaders: Wins

D. Betances, Braves 11
C. Morton, Mariners 11
C. Kershaw, Cubs 10
A. Miranda, Phillies 10
L. Severino, Phillies 9
More Leaders

ESPN Sunday Night Baseball Schedule

Day 41: Cubs vs. Red Sox
Day 48: Pirates vs. Yankees
Day 55: Giants vs. Athletics
Day 62: Giants vs. Tigers
Day 69: Indians vs. Cubs
Day 76: Padres vs. Cardinals
Day 83: Red Sox vs. Phillies
Day 90: Cubs vs. Brewers
Day 97: Yankees vs. Red Sox
Day 104: Royals vs. Cardinals
Day 111: Yankees vs. Rockies

Traded Picks/Cash

-Pirates trade 1st rounder to Red Sox (Keuchel)
-Pirates trade 2nd rounder to Red Sox (Descalso)
-Braves trade 2nd and 3rd rounder to Padres (Allen, Walker, Davies)
-Athletics trade 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th rounders to Padres (Stanton, Cotton
-Cubs trade 3rd rounder to Blue Jays (Peralta)
-Cubs trade 4th rounder to Blue Jays (Arrieta)
-Padres trade previously acquired Braves’ 2nd and 3rd round picks to Diamondbacks (Marte)

Opening Day 2017 Is HERE!!!


Spring Training has ended. Schedules will be created and you will be able to plan for the regular season. Days will be continuing after Spring Training, so Day 1 of the regular season will be Day 34. Just a few things I want to touch on:

-Injuries. There will be a given day off in between the end of Spring Training and the regular season. I also wanted to point out that every so often there will be a longterm injury, like a Tommy John or a torn LCL or something like that. It will be at random, and will happen at different times of the year. Most of the time there will be a story on the homepage about it, and I will put the days off needed for the player as necessary. Any questions about that tell me.

-Random Incidents. There will be random incidents that may be going on in a player's life, such as a shooting or a DUI or something like that. THat will also factor into the days off needed, and those will go onto the homepage.

-I am still searching for journalists for exfactor.com. I'm hoping to have at least one journalist by the end of November, and at least four by the end of 2017. So, please step up and join us to be a Ken Rosenthal or Jon Heyman.

-Contracts. If you haven't done contracts yet you have until Sunday. I will be looking tomorrow and send you a message if you don't have anyone signed. On Sunday, players will be signed for you if you don't have them signed on your own.

-CBA. I know we haven't touched on this much, but we need to talk about this. Here is an idea of the CBA, coming from SARMLB:

"Extending 40man rosters to 45man rosters
"Make IFA budgets reset after one year instead of two
"The public only votes for the starters and managers
"Eliminate having the ASG determine WS HFA (will go to the team with the better record)
"Requires a team that QO's a player that doesn't sign to sign with the original team for at least $5M/1yr
"Returning to the former QO system
"35 players, no position limits or non-all star game players

-DFAs. Surprised no one has used this feature yet. It may come in handy in the future, but just reminding you all that it is there. Just message a commish and we will take it from there.

Any questions talk to a front office member.

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