Shohei Ohtani rules out Red Sox and Yankees, prefers West Coast

Tricia Pearson
December 5, 2017

The Shohei Ohtani Hot Stove League has taken a new twist as reports indicate he has narrowed his list of teams to seven: the Dodgers, Angels, Giants, Padres, Mariners, Rangers and Cubs. The two-way phenom reportedly is looking at a West Coast, small-market team. A handful of teams, including San Diego, have been invited to make their pitches to Ohtani and his representatives beginning this week in Los Angeles.

But they apparently couldn't over the geography as Ohtani and his CAA reps appear to be focused on west coast markets as they also eliminated the Yankees, who many had considered the favorites, along with the Red Sox and Mets. 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.

The Yankees made a presentation to Ohtani, but Cashman he got a feeling the team was not going to get a chance to sign the 23-year-old hitting and pitching star.

The Shohei Ohtani sweepstakes is down to seven

The winning team will put up a $20 million posting fee, and Ohtani will enter the 2018 season making the major league minimum of $545,000. The negotiating window runs through December 22. Instead, he'll be posted and teams will be limited to offering bonuses from their pool of global signing money.

The largest deal he could sign is with the Texas Rangers for $3,535,000, followed by the Yankees ($3.5 million), Minnesota ($3.07 million), Pittsburgh ($2,266,750), Seattle ($1,557,500), Miami ($1.49 million) and the Los Angeles Angels ($1,315,000). In addition to the Giants, Ohtani is also considering the Dodgers, Padres, and Cubs from the NL.

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