Sunday, 17 December, 2017

Shohei Ohtani narrows list to seven teams

Ohtani-narrows-list-of-potential-Major-League-teams The Shohei Ohtani sweepstakes is down to seven
Angelica Greene | 05 December, 2017, 01:55

"We have been informed that we have not been invited to make an in-person presentation", Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski told MassLive.com in an email Sunday. Their multimedia presentation couldn't make up for the fact that NY is located on the East Coast and it appears as though Ohtani wants to play closer to home.

Several teams said Sunday they were told they had been eliminated, and the seven remaining were confirmed Monday to The Associated Press by a pair of people familiar with the choices.

Reports have surfaced that Otani is likely leaning toward a West Coast team in a smaller market, but with Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer's reputation as master salesmen, the Cubs are still very much a threat to land Otani, according to reports. They spoke on condition of anonymity because not all teams had announced whether they were in or out.

"I started getting a feel that wasn't good a few days ago", Cashman said.

Ohtani was posted by the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters on Friday.

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"Then I got the unfortunate news today that we were out of the picture". By leaving Japan at 23, Ohtani can only sign a standard major-league rookie contract, and his signing bonus cannot exceed $3.535 million. The Mariners now have $1.55 million available to offer, while only the Rangers ($3.53 million), reportedly eliminated Yankees ($3.5 million), Twins ($3.07 million) and Pirates ($2.26 million) have more.

The Red Sox had only $462,000 in bonus pool money left to offer Ohtani, an global amateur free agent.

Yahoo! Sports' Jeff Passan reports both clubs are finalists for the two-way Japanese superstar.

Passan reported Saturday that Ohtani had begun to schedule meetings with teams for this week.

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