A pack of eight teams is looking at a teenager from Japan. They are limited by the rules on international spending. One source says the Red Sox and Rangers have done the most work in this arena.
Otani has decided to forgo the Japanese league and instead jump directly into Major League Baseball. The 18-year-old said he "agonized over the decision" on whether to remain in Japan or pursue a career in North America, but he ultimately elected MLB as it’s been his "dream" since he started school.
Otani is poised to become the first Japanese player to sign directly with an MLB team. For this reason teams won’t have to wager a posting fee for the right to negotiate with Otani like we’ve seen in years past with Japanese pitchers such as Texas Rangers right-hander Yu Darvish.