Friday, 15 December, 2017

Mariners, Giants among finalists for Shohei Ohtani, Yankees, Red Sox out

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Spencer Simpson | 05 December, 2017, 01:50

Ohtani informed the Yankees that he would not be signing with them on Sunday and it doesn't sound like the Mets were ever really in the race to begin with. Passan reported Saturday that Seattle has asked players to clear their schedules to travel to Los Angeles and meet with Ohtani. According to reports, a smaller market also interested Ohtani. I can't speak for them.

"I know that our presentation was excellent", Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said.

The Boston Red Sox will not land Japanese star free agent Shohei Ohtani, a 23-year-old two-way star who pitches and plays outfield.

"Then I got the unfortunate news today that we were out of the picture".

The Mariners have a long history of Japanese stars, and when the Angels acquired more than $1 million in worldwide bonus money last week in a trade with the Atlanta Braves, general manager Billy Eppler said he would apply it to a pursuit of Ohtani.

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.

Ohtani is limited to a minor league contract because of restrictions imposed by the MLB collective bargaining agreement. According to multiple reports, Ohtani is in Los Angeles and has scheduled meetings with team executives. 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. NY had accumulated the second-most worldwide free agent money, which will be used to sign Ohtani, as major league rules limit the amount he can receive.

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