General manager Bobby Evans and assistant GM Jeremy Shelley are in Japan to scout Shohei Otani, the pitcher and outfielder who probably will be courted by every major-league team when he is posted by the Nippon Ham Fighters.

Otani, 23, is ready to come to the majors even though he cannot get a bonus of more than about $11 million under new rules.

The Giants and several other teams cannot give him more than $300,000 because they overspent their international cap limit in 2015. However, because money does not seem to be Otani’s prime motivation, the Giants hope to persuade him that San Francisco is a great city and the Giants are a desirable team.

Otani has a career 2.57 ERA in five seasons in Japan. He also has a .287 batting average and .860 OPS as an outfielder between starts.

Otani has been coy about the situation he seeks in the majors. Observers in Japan are split on whether he might prefer the American League, where he could be a designated hitter when he does not pitch, or the National League, where he is guaranteed to hit every fifth day when he pitches.

Giants manager Bruce Bochy does not see Otani as a two-way player in the NL.

“I don’t think that will work,” he said. “You’re talking more about something that would work in the American League as a DH. There’s a lot of throwing, and wear and tear, and then you have to go out and pitch. That might work for a reliever. Colleges do that. We have a pretty good player here who did.”