Teenage pitching prospect Shohei Otani announced his intention to start his professional career in his native Japan and sign with the Nippon-Ham Fighters.
Otani, 18, had previously said he would to come to the United States and the Dodgers were confident they would sign him.
The right-hander said he still wants to pitch in the major leagues one day.
“I would eventually like to go to the major leagues,” Otani said Sunday. “It’s a place I admire. I would like the Fighters to teach me the road to get there.”
Otani, who's armed with a fastball in the 100 mph range, said in October that he intended to sign with a major league team rather than play in Japan. The Dodgers, who started scouting Otani in his first year of high school, thought they were in prime position to sign him.