Chicago Cubs: Choosing between Jake Arrieta and Shohei Otani
By Tyler Jadah
Chicago Cubs: Otani a long-shot for defending champs
Otani is a 23-year-old outfielder who is also capable of pumping in 100 mph heaters on the mound. Yeah – he does both.
During his five-year career with the Nippon Ham Fighters of the Japan Pacific League, Otani went 41-15 with a 2.56 ERA and 614 strikeouts in 534 innings pitched. Impressive numbers to say the least until you add on his offense side: 47 home runs, 164 RBI and a .287 average in 395 games as an outfielder.
Imagine the Chicago Cubs – with their depth and versatility- signing the most versatile player in the world. It would be a match made in heaven. However, they’d have to let one of the most dominant pitchers in the game slip away into free agency. With that offseason fast approaching, should the Cubs target Jake Arrieta or Shohei Otani?