Shohei Ohtani Informs Yankees That He Is Not Signing With Them

Gwen Vasquez
December 4, 2017

The only perceived drawback from the Yankees' bid was that Ohtani is from a small town, which might have scared him off from NY.

New York Yankees?general manager Brian Cashman informed reporters Sunday night that Ohtani's representatives have told the team they will not be invited to make a presentation for the starter/slugger.

The Yankees had the second-most amount of worldwide bonus money behind the Rangers, though the signing bonus isn't expected to be a major factor in Ohtani's decision. The Minnesota Twins have also dropped out, according to Jon Heyman of Fan Rag Sports. The Chicago Cubs and Los Angeles Dodgers were also considered potential suitors for Ohtani. The Rangers have been given no indication they are out of the running.

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Ohtani was posted on Friday and is available to all major-league clubs for a $20-million fee, which will go to his Japanese team, the Nippon-Ham Fighters.

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

Cashman said the Yankees were willing to let Ohtani pitch as a starter and hit on the days he is not starting. Boston had developed a relationship with the player going back to when Ohtani was a high school star, and - like numerous other clubs - presented a clear opportunity for him to both pitch and hit. It looks like they'll be a World Series contender for years.

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