Japanese two-way star Shohei Otani will reportedly play in Major League Baseball next season

Shohei Otani is likely to give up hundreds of millions of dollars to comes to the MLB

Shohei Otani is likely to give up hundreds of millions of dollars to comes to the MLB

The Yomiuri ShimbunHokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters two-way star Shohei Otani has decided to make the jump to Major League Baseball under the posting system once the season here is over, multiple sources said Wednesday.

There isn't a team in baseball that wouldn't love to acquire a 23-year-old potential ace, and it will be very interesting to see which team is lucky enough to get him this winter. Nevertheless, the phenom who hits and pitches on an elite level intends to try his luck in America, Yahoo Japan reports.

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, Otani has expressed interest in coming to the United States. He needs the Fighters' approval to negotiate with a major league club through the posting system before that time. The 23-year-old two-way superstar now boasts a.346/.416/.574 slash line over 51 games this season and holds a 2.60 career ERA over 522.1 innings in Nippon Professional Baseball.

Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports noted the decision to come to the US in advance of his age-24 season will cost Otani hundreds of millions of dollars. This could induce a fascinating collective pursuit, since every team will be interested in signing him as an global free agent.

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