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Dodgers have eyes on Shohei Otani, Japan’s unique two-way star

By in Press Enterprise on November 8, 2017

By Bill Plunkett

  • Shohei Otani, 23, who has been both the best pitcher in the Japanese professional league and one of its top hitters over the past few years, intends to play in the U.S. in 2018, and the Dodgers have scouted him extensively. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

  • Shohei Otani, 23, who has been both the best pitcher in the Japanese professional league and one of its top hitters over the past few years, has declared his intention to make the jump to Major League Baseball for 2018. (Photo by Atsushi Tomura, Getty Images)

    Shohei Otani, 23, who has been both the best pitcher in the Japanese professional league and one of its top hitters over the past few years, has declared his intention to make the jump to Major League Baseball for 2018. (Photo by Atsushi Tomura, Getty Images)

  • The Dodgers tried to sign Shohei Otani, 23, out of high school five years ago and they figure to be among the most interested teams if he indeed jumps to Major League Baseball for the 2018 season. (Photo by Kazuhiro Nogi, AFP/Getty Images)

    The Dodgers tried to sign Shohei Otani, 23, out of high school five years ago and they figure to be among the most interested teams if he indeed jumps to Major League Baseball for the 2018 season. (Photo by Kazuhiro Nogi, AFP/Getty Images)

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