[11/7/2017] Nez Balelo to represent Shohei Otani

Shohei Otani has apparently selected CAA Sports’ Nez Balelo as his agent.

Source: LA Times 11/6/2017, Rosenthal Tweet 11/6/2017Sponichi 11/7/2017, Daily Sports 11/7/2017

[UPDATE 11/7 @ 3:55pm]

When reporter asked Otani about the Balelo news, he said it was his decision and that his agent will handle negotiations.

Source: Tokyo Sports 11/7/2017, Nikkan Sports 11/7/2017, Daily Sports 11/7/2017

[UPDATE 11/8 @ 12:11am]

There was more to what Otani told reporters earlier today about Balelo. He said the agent was something he needed if he wanted to go “over there” (the Majors) and that this was the time for that decision. This was the first time Otani made any sort of real comment about the Majors this winter.

Source: Tokyo Sports 11/7/2017, Sports Hochi 11/7/2017, Daily Sports 11/7/2017, Sponichi 11/7/2017, Sanspo 11/7/2017, Nikkan Sports 11/7/2017

[UPDATE 11/8 @ 11:16pm]

Otani also spoke to a number of other agencies, including the Boras Corporation, Wasserman, and John Boggs, before he selected Balelo.

Source: Sponichi 11/8/2017

[UPDATE 11/10 @ 3:50am]

Otani could make an official announcement about wanting to try for the Majors this winter on November 11 (same as his uniform number).

Source: Sponichi 11/9/2017

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