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 Rangers have the largest signing bonus amount remaining among the teams he is considering at $3,535,000, followed by the Mariners ($1,557,500) and Angels ($1,315,000).
Other teams eliminated from the Ohtani sweepstakes: Red Sox, Pirates, Brewers, Blue Jays, Athletics, Twins, Diamondbacks, Mets, White Sox, Cardinals, Rays, Braves, Nationals.
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. "The feedback from that was outstanding. That was something that, presentation or not, might be hard to overcome".
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In this article, MLB.com states the San Francisco Giants, San Diego Padres and Los Angeles Dodgers join the Seattle Mariners, Los Angeles Angels, Texas Rangers and Chicago Cubs as the teams still in potential discussions for Ohtani. As Purple Row explained in this article, Kazuhisa Makita, a 33-year-old right-handed reliever has a delivery and skills that could make him a valuable piece of what looks like will be a rebuilt Colorado bullpen in 2018. "When players are in the marketplace like that, you do everything you possibly can", said Cashman, whose team has been scouting Ohtani since 2012. 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.