Shohei Otani looking into hiring MLB agent

The "next Babe Ruth" is looking to joining MLB in 2018

Shohei Otani.

Shohei Otani. | AP

Japanese superstar and dual sensation Shohei Otani is taking the next step in pursuing his dream of playing in the "Big Leagues".

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, Otani has begun interviewing MLB agents for his transfer from the Japan Pacific League to the MLB.

Otani is reported to have interest in playing in the majors in 2018, though nothing will be official until he is posted by his Japanese team. 

MLB agents have flown to Japan in recent weeks, and a person with knowledge of the situation indicated a decision "should come down soon".

Otani would transfer before his 25th birthday, a decision that could cost him millions since he would be signing a minor-league deal due to the CBA's international spending rule.

The Yankees and Red Sox have reportedly the most international bonus pool money, approximately $8 million dollars.

As a hitter, Otani is hitting .333 in 33 games of JPL action this year, while on the mound he has an ERA of 4.96 and 19 strikeouts over 4 starts.