Finally, the last word on Shohei Ohtani to the Yankees

Finally, the last word on Shohei Ohtani to the Yankees

Finally, the last word on Shohei Ohtani to the Yankees

News began leaking out on Sunday that several teams - including the New York Yankees, the team many considered the front-runner to land Ohtani - were being told they were out of the running.

Ohtani, whose fastball has been clocked at 100 miles per hour, is said to prefer the West Coast and smaller market.

Media reports indicated that the Seattle Mariners and San Francisco Giants are among nine teams to be granted a meeting with Ohtani. And no manager is willing to move players around like Joe Maddon, so Ohtani could play some right field against right-handed pitchers with Jason Heyward shifting over to center.

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

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

Ohtani was put up for bid Friday by the Pacific League's 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.

The more surprising storyline is that he said no to the Yankees, who were believed to be the favorites in the sweepstakes for the two-way Japanese superstar.

Among the teams meeting with Ohtani are the Rangers, who have the most global money to offer ($3.54 million) and the Giants, who have $1.84 million available.

The Red Sox had only $462,000 in bonus pool money left to offer Ohtani, an global amateur free agent. Ohtani-mania, however, appears will not be coming to Denver unless he is sitting in the visitor's dugout or bullpen. In addition to the Giants, Ohtani is also considering the Dodgers, Padres, and Cubs from the NL.

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