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But Ohtani will require a posting fee plus his salary. It’s easier for a larger market team to pay the fee rather than a team like the Reds. Additionally, the posting fee only opens negotiations; it doesn’t guarantee signing.
Due to MLB’s new Collective Bargaining Agreement, teams are limited to signings between $4.75 million and $5.75 million from July 2 to June 2018. That spending can be increased by up to $10 million via trades.