Some have speculated that the AL would be a better fit for Ohtani because of the ability to DH, but four out of the seven finalists are National League teams.
Media reports indicated that the Seattle Mariners and San Francisco Giants are among nine teams to be granted a meeting with Ohtani. By early Sunday night, most other clubs had been informed they were eliminated from consideration. I can't speak for them.
Ohtani has been put up for bid by the Pacific League's Nippon Ham Fighters for the maximum $20 million posting fee.
The 23-year-old Ohtani, a star pitcher and hitter who must sign with a major league team by December 22, has begun informing finalists of their meetings, which could run from this Tuesday to Friday. A handful of teams, including San Diego, have been invited to make their pitches to Ohtani and his representatives beginning this week in Los Angeles.
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The Yankees and Red Sox are among the teams that pitcher and outfielder Shohei Ohtani has ruled out, and it seems the Japanese star will likely pursue a smaller market nearer to the West Coast. Their biggest sell over the other West Coast teams, however: Come play for a victor.
The Yankees made a presentation to Ohtani, but Cashman he got a feeling the team was not going to get a chance to sign the 23-year-old hitting and pitching star. 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 more surprising storyline is that he said no to the Yankees, who were believed to be the favorites in the sweepstakes for the two-way Japanese superstar.