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Dodgers believe Shohei Otani will remain in Japan

Dec 3, 2012, 2:28 PM EDT

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Everything from a couple of months ago said that Japanese phenom Shohei Otani had his heart set on playing in the U.S., with the Dodgers, Rangers and Red Sox all pursuing him. However, Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times is told by a source that Otani may remain in Japan.

Otani, an 18-year-old right-hander, was selected by the Nippon Ham Fighters in the first round of Japan’s draft in October, but he’s still free to come to the U.S. if he wants. Despite the new rules governing international signings, Otani seems likely to land a deal north of $20 million if he chooses to make the jump across the Pacific.

  1. iamjimmyjack - Dec 3, 2012 at 4:55 PM

    Go get this guy!

    • badintent - Dec 3, 2012 at 7:53 PM

      Why, so he can get a bigger earth quake than in Japan ? Puente Hills goes, LA goes and that ‘s how it goes ! Really. Discovery Channel.

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