The Red Sox seem to be dead-set on making big moves in free agency this winter, and one of their targets could come from overseas. Japanese free agent Shohei Ohtani is making the jump to the major leagues in 2018, with the Red Sox reportedly having him on their radar. According to the Boston Globe’s Nick Cafardo on Tuesday, the Sox have a “legitimate shot” at landing Ohtani, a move that would first require a reported posting fee of $20 million. The 23-year-old Ohtani (whose name has also been spelled “Otani”) is a unique prospect, and not just because he’s coming over from Japan. Numerous scouts have said that the 6-foot-5 prospect has a chance to be elite as either a pitcher or a hitter – perhaps both at the same time. On the mound he’s drawn comparisons to Stephen Strasburg and Justin Verlander with a fastball that has been clocked at 96-100 MPH, and he could also have plus power on offense.
Report: Red Sox Have ‘Legitimate Shot’ At Japanese Free Agent Shohei Ohtani
CBS Boston | Nov 14