Seven finalists for Shohei Ohtani revealed

Chelsea West
December 6, 2017

Ohtani's list favors West Coast teams and small market clubs, which would explain the Yankees' exclusion.

Informed they made the cut to meet with Shohei Ohtani and his representatives, the Rangers apparently wasted no time in getting some face-to-face time. Adding to the unusual circumstances is that the 23-year-old can only be signed to a minor league deal paid out of a given MLB team's worldwide signing-bonus pool money, meaning that the likes of the Yankees and Red Sox couldn't have brought bring their considerable financial advantages to the table.

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

NY general manager Brian Cashman confirmed to reporters Sunday night that his club was out of the running. "I know that our presentation was excellent. That was something that, presentation or not, might be hard to overcome".

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The Cubs are among the handful of teams chosen to meet with highly coveted Japanese free agent Shohei Ohtani, according to multiple reports, despite multiple disadvantages in the bidding process for the two-way player.

Later Sunday, Red Sox general manager Dave Dombrowski said that Boston is out of the running, as well. The Mariners, Rangers, and Angels are in the mix from the American League. Brewers general manager David Stearns told MLB.com that "we wish him the best of luck with his decision". "Some fan base is going to be excited about it".

Otani was put up for bid Friday by the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters for the maximum $20 million posting fee. Ohtani is limited to a minor league contract because of restrictions imposed by the MLB collective bargaining agreement.

Other reports by TheSundaySentinel

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