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October 21, 2012

Japanese High School Phenom Opts for MLB

The World Series hasn't even started, yet the hot stove is already heating up.

In the past 24 hours, we've seen three-time All-Star Heath Bell get shipped out of Miami and the Toronto Blue Jays actually trade their manager. So what's next?

Enter Shohei Otani.

According to reports, the 18-year-old pitcher has his sites set on becoming the first Japanese-born player to make the jump from high school to American baseball.

"I think I will start in the minor leagues but I want to challenge in the majors," the phenom told reporters. "It's been my dream since entering high school."

Lofty goals, sure, but here's the kicker...dude already has potential suitors. In recent weeks, the Boston Red Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers and Texas Rangers have met with the 6'4" fireballer.

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