Sunday, 10 December, 2017

Major League Baseball ratifies new posting agreement; Shohei Ohtani posted effective today

Yankees out of running for Shohei Ohtani, Brian Cashman says MLB Rumors: Shohei Ohtani Won't Sign With Red Sox, Yankees; Mariners, Giants Finalists
Theresa Hayes | 04 December, 2017, 02:09

The Yankees were perceived to be the favorite by many because they had the second-most amount of global signing bonus money ($3.35M), the diversity of NY, the successful recent history with Japanese players, like Hideki Matsui and Masahiro Tanaka, and a chance to win immediately.

MLB.com's Bryan Hoch reports that Yankees general manager Brian Cashman was disappointed by the news, but added that if, "he was a West Coast team in a smaller market, he'd be excited right now". The Chicago Cubs and Los Angeles Dodgers were also considered potential suitors for Ohtani. The Minnesota Twins have also dropped out, according to Jon Heyman of Fan Rag Sports.

The Red Sox dream of convincing Shohei Ohtani to play in Boston has come to an end.

Again, because the Cubs are not mentioned at all and haven't been reported as in or out of the chase for baseball's top offseason target, the door remains open that they're in the running as much as anyone else.

Major League Baseball teams have until December 22 at 11:59 p.m. ET to reach a deal to sign Ohtani to a contract.

The move, however, puts a focus on a different contender for Ohtani's services: The Seattle Mariners.

Two other possibilities: San Diego and the San Francisco Giants.

Ohtani, 23, is a two-way player who can serve as a pitcher and outfield.

The Rangers have already sent a presentation to Ohtani and are hoping to follow it up with a face-to-face meeting. It looks like they'll be a World Series contender for years.