OSAKA -- Japanese meat processor NH Foods expects to add $20 million to its group performance this fiscal year after a Major League Baseball team signed two-way sensation Shohei Ohtani away from the company's ballclub in Sapporo.
Ohtani, who played for the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters for the past five seasons, signed with the Los Angeles Angels in a deal that was sealed Friday.
The Fighters, a member of the group anchored by NH Foods, also known as Nipponham, will pocket the maximum $20 million fee from the Angels under the posting system between MLB and Nippon Professional Baseball that lets players move to the Majors even before they qualify as international free agents. NH Foods will record the money as an extraordinary gain at the subsidiary club for the year ending in March 2018, the parent said Friday.
Ohtani, both a pitcher and an outfielder, compiled a 10-4 record on the mound and blasted 22 home runs in 2016, when he was named the MVP of the NPB's Pacific League and played a key role in the Fighters' Japan Series championship victory.
After MLB club owners approved a new posting framework Dec. 1, seven teams negotiated with Ohtani.