Ohtani’s agent has close, personal connection to Giants organization
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The San Francisco Giants are leaving no stone unturned in their pursuit of two-way superstar Shohei Ohtani in free agency. The team is exploring various angles to attract the Japanese sensation.
New manager Bob Melvin’s vast experience coaching players from the Pacific Rim and starting pitcher Alex Cobb’s recruitment efforts are just some of the approaches the Giants are taking. But there may be another potential connection.
The Athletic recently published a feature story on Ohtani’s agent, Nez Balelo, which revealed Balelo’s ties to current members of the Giants organization.
Balelo, who was drafted by the Seattle Mariners in 1985, played alongside current Giants Triple-A coach Dave Brundage and current major-league pitching coach Bryan Price in 1988. According to The Athletic, Price, who was recently named to Melvin’s staff, has a close personal and professional relationship with Balelo.
If Ohtani were to sign with the Giants, Price, a friend of Balelo, would play a significant role in Ohtani’s return from Tommy John surgery. While Ohtani will be limited to hitting in 2024, his relationship with Price could be vital in extending his pitching career.
Ultimately, the decision rests with Ohtani, but having a respected pitching coach like Price could greatly influence the outcome.
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