Miller's Minute: Free agent market

Miller's Minute: Free agent market (MGN Online)

CINCINNATI (WKRC) - Baseball's winter meetings are still nearly two weeks away at Disney World. Are the Reds living in a Disney fantasy world for even thinking they have a shot at Japanese superstar Shohei Ohtani?

Its gonna be a parade of likely all 30 MLB teams making some kind of pitch. For once, it's not all about who can offer the 23-year old two-way player the most money-- at least not initially. Baseball's international signing rules restrict how much bonus money a player can be paid if he's under the age of 25.

Most teams can offer roughly $5 million, $10 million would be about the most. And, because of salary cap violations, big spenders like the Dodgers, Cardinals, Giants and Cubs are among the teams limited to only offering $300,000.

On top of that, the slugger/ace will have a restricted salary his first three seasons. So the Reds are in the running. Yet since money doesn't figure to be the deciding factor, it comes down to other attractions.

Does Skyline serve sushi? But seriously, he's likely to want to contend and the Reds could by adding his bat and his arm. But does he want to be a franchise fixer or the topping for a title?

For once the Reds at least have a shot, with a semi-even playing field.

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