Shohei Otani rumors: Yankees interested in Japanese teen sensation?

Jim McIsaac

Japanese phenom Shohei Otani announced he will become a MLB free agent, and the Yankees could be interested in the 18-year-old.

The New York Yankees could be interested in a new Japanese teenage phenom who stands 6'4 and throws a 100 mph fastball, MLB sources are saying. New York is one of a handful of teams, which include the Boston Red Sox and Texas Rangers, that are interested in 18-year-old Shohei Otani, who has decided to bypass Japan's professional leagues and head straight to Major League Baseball.

Otani's decision means there will be no posting system for his rights , which is common for other players who play for a professional Japanese team. Instead, Otani will become a free agent and any MLB team will have a shot at negotiating a contract.

Its expected that Otani will start his MLB career in the minor leagues and possible will not be ready for the big leagues for a few seasons. The addition maybe a nice fit for the Yankees, who are looking to bolster their farm system with young-power arms.

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