There’s little more indicative of the shroud of mystery hiding Shohei Otani from the Western baseball world than the spelling of his surname. Depending on where you look, there may be a vestigial h shoehorned between the O and t, neither which is really either right or wrong (I stick with the shorter version because that’s what I’ve always used, but the explanation in that link is great). As more barriers to his move to MLB are removed, however, we’re getting a clearer picture of a man who has existed primarily as myth to this point.
But don’t credit Cubs GM Jed Hoyer with doing anything to illuminate either the process or progress when it comes to Otani’s courtship. In appearances on both 670 The Score and NBC Sports Chicago’s Cubs Talk podcast, Hoyer demurred when asked about the winter’s most intriguing free agent. After all, you’ve got to be quiet if you want to sneak up on a unicorn.
In addition to his tangible skills on the diamond, a player of Otani’s talent would be a huge boon because of his nominal impact on payroll. And that is a concept Hoyer can discuss in spades.
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Source:: Cubs Insider