Shohei Ohtani Shrinks His List of Suitors to Seven Teams

Shohei Ohtani whose fastball has been clocked at 100 mph is said to prefer the West Coast and smaller markets. |
Shizuo Kambayashi  AP

Shohei Ohtani is ready to make a major splash in Major League Baseball next year, but it won't be in Boston or NY.

Boston's $462,500 bonus pool was far smaller than what several other teams can offer Ohtani, but it's unknown if that was a factor. The Rangers remain in the running, however, because they have the most bonus money available to give to Ohtani, at around $3.535 million. 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.

According to multiple reports, the Minnesota Twins, Oakland Athletics, Milwaukee Brewers, Pittsburgh Pirates, Toronto Blue Jays, Arizona Diamondbacks, Chicago White Sox, New York Mets and Tampa Bay Rays are also out.

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"I know that our presentation was excellent", Cashman said.

"I did get a sense that I can't change that we're a big market and I can't change that we're in the East".

Later Sunday, Red Sox general manager Dave Dombrowski said that Boston is out of the running, as well.

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Ohtani, the two-way Japanese phenom making his jump to Major League Baseball this offseason, reportedly has narrowed his free agency list to seven teams, and the New York Yankees aren't among them. The Mariners, Rangers, and Angels are in the mix from the American League. He's an exciting young talent.

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 worldwide signings included in MLB's recent collective bargaining agreement.

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