In a press release circulated Monday night on Twitter, the Major League Baseball Player’s Association agreed to a 24-hour extension of the posting agreement deadline they set last week.
The original deadline was set for 8 p.m. Eastern Time Monday. The new deadline will be 8 p.m. Tuesday.
The agreement between Major League Baseball and Nippon Professional Baseball, Japan’s pro league, expired this offseason. The posting agreement is a hot topic because it puts two-way star Shohei Ohtani‘s impending move to America in question. Ohtani was posted by his team, the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters, Nov. 10.
Per Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, the deal was held up due to disagreements between the three parties about when the posting window should take place. Each agreed on a two-week window, but could not decide on when it should start.
Ohtani’s potential free agency continues to be one of the biggest storylines of the offseason. At age-23, he is considered an amateur player, and can only receive a minor league deal and a signing bonus under the international signing bonus pool money system. The Texas Rangers have the most money to offer Ohtani at $3.535 million, while the Yankees are close with $3.5 million after acquiring bonus money in a trade with the Miami Marlins.