The stage has been set for Nippon Ham Fighters starting pitcher Shohei Ohtani to come to America and pitch for a team in Major League Baseball (MLB).
Ohtani, 23, is arguably one of the most sought-after free agent baseball players this offseason. He is famously compared to Babe Ruth, showing off an ability to hit and pitch well.
And his services will be available to MLB teams as early as Friday. The news about Ohtani being posted comes from MSN on Twitter.
— MSN (@MSN) November 10, 2017
Ohtani has posted a career line of .286/.358/.500 with 48 home runs and 166 RBIs across five seasons with Nippon in the Japan Pacific League. And as a pitcher he has gone 42-15 (a win percentage of .737) with a 2.52 ERA and 1.076 WHIP.
How his game will translate to the MLB is anybody's guess. But teams are willing to take the gamble to find out for themselves. Early favorites include the New York Yankees and Los Angeles Dodgers.