Japanese phenom Shohei Ohtani tells Yankees and Red Sox he'll sign elsewhere

Randall Padilla
December 6, 2017

With only three weeks to reach a contract and facing interest from virtually all of MLB's 30 teams, Otani's agent, Nez Balelo, asked teams to prepare a presentation about how they could meet Otani's needs and nurture his aspirations as both a hitter and a pitcher.

NY general manager Brian Cashman confirmed to reporters Sunday night that his club was out of the running.

Later Sunday, Red Sox general manager Dave Dombrowski said that Boston is out of the running, as well. In Ohtani, the Dodgers would get the number two starter they need to make it back to the World Series.

Cashman said Ohtani seems to be leaning toward West Coast teams in smaller markets. "But I did get a sense that I can't change that we're a big market and I can't change we're in the East".

According to Jim Bowden of Sirius XM, the Giants are meeting with Japanese star Shohei Ohtani in Los Angeles on Monday. Brewers general manager David Stearns told MLB.com that "we wish him the best of luck with his decision". However, he chose to come to the US next year, with representatives at CAA guiding the bidding process and the Fighters set for a $20 million posting fee.

Ohtani could have waited two more years to reach the minimum age at which he would be eligible for a lucrative major league contract, part of restrictions on global signings included in MLB's recent collective bargaining agreement. The 23-year-old has until 11:59 p.m. EST on December 22 to agree to a contract with an Major League Baseball team.

The Rangers have the largest signing bonus amount remaining among the teams he is considering at $3,535,000, followed by the Mariners ($1,557,500) and Angels ($1,315,000).

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