Yankees, Dodgers among teams with 'heavy interest' in Japanese phenom Shohei Otani

You probably know about Shohei Otani -- the 23-year-old, two-way Japanese phenom who is widely considered the best player in the world who isn't in the majors. Well, teams know about him, too -- and they're devoting more and more resources toward scouting him. Case in point: in the past few weeks, two high-ranking executives have traveled to get intimate looks at Otani.

The latest? New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman. Here's what Erik Boland and David Lennon of Newsday reported on Monday:

According to a source, general manager Brian Cashman is en route to Japan to get a firsthand look at Shohei Otani, 23, whom many consider the best hitter and pitcher in the country.

Boland and Lennon note that the Texas Rangers, Boston Red Sox, and Los Angeles Dodgers are other teams with "heavy" interests in Otani. All make sense -- the Dodgers in particular, given president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman was recently on hand to get his own look-see at Otani:

Nobody can say for sure if Otani will be posted this winter, or at any point in the near future. Baseball's latest CBA complicates things by limiting what Otani could earn in the United States. Still, until he is posted or closes the door on a career in the majors, expect to keep seeing reporters highlighting which teams are eyeing one of the world's most intriguing talents. 

CBS Sports Staff

R.J. Anderson joined CBS Sports in 2016. He previously wrote for Baseball Prospectus, where he contributed to five of the New York Times bestselling annuals. His work has also appeared in Newsweek and... Full Bio

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