Shohei Ohtani narrows list to seven teams

Shohei Ohtani narrows list to seven teams

Late Sunday night, it was announced that Japanese two-way player (I won't call him a star anymore until he proves it in the majors) Shohei Ohtani informed the Yankees he would not be signing with them.

According to reports from several baseball writers, including Jeff Passon of Yahoo, Ohtani is narrowing down his list of possible teams and the Giants are one of them.

Yankees' GM Brian Cashman told ESPN.com he was disappointed by Ohtani's decision, and that there was nothing else the organization could have possibly done. I can't speak for them.

Cashman said Ohtani seems to be leaning toward West Coast teams in smaller markets.

In 403 games over four seasons for the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters of the Japan Pacific League, Ohtani batted.286 with 48 homers, 166 RBIs and a.859 OPS.

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It's never quite been clear what it is that Ohtani wants, but we know that it's not money since his age, 23, limits his contract.

The largest deal he could sign is with the Texas Rangers for $3,535,000, followed by the Yankees ($3.5 million), Minnesota ($3.07 million), Pittsburgh ($2,266,750), Seattle ($1,557,500), Miami ($1.49 million) and the Los Angeles Angels ($1,315,000).

He has expressed a desire to pitch and to play the outfield in the big leagues, and one could easily see Joe Maddon being the type of manager that would permit that kind of flexibility if Otani were to sign with the Cubs.

Later Sunday, Red Sox general manager Dave Dombrowski said that Boston is out of the running, as well. According to multiple reports, Ohtani is in Los Angeles and has scheduled meetings with team executives. All seven of the finalists will meet with Ohtani in the coming days.

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