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

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

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

Despite a lengthy track record with Japanese stars, the Yankees could not overcome their location, general manager Brian Cashman told reporters.

But we also now know that distance from Japan seemingly played a role in Ohtani's pairing down of cities as well.

Several teams said Sunday they were told they had been eliminated, and the seven remaining were confirmed Monday to The Associated Press by a pair of people familiar with the choices.

Ohtani's list favors West Coast teams and small market clubs, which would explain the Yankees' exclusion. They spoke on condition of anonymity because not all teams had announced whether they were in or out.

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.

Ohtani was posted by the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters on Friday. That lines up with other news to come out Sunday, from the Boston Globe's Pete Abraham, who reports Red Sox GM Dave Dombrowski said Ohtani informed him Boston was also out of the running.

The Texas Rangers have the most bonus pool money left to offer at $3.535 million.

Let's make the case for each of the seven finalists to ink the two-way Japanese superstar. According to multiple reports, Ohtani is in Los Angeles and has scheduled meetings with team executives.

Chicago Cubs: Like the Dodgers, they're limited to $300,000 in bonus money, but they can offer Ohtani a first-rate, winning franchise that needs only an ace starting pitcher to go alongside all the young position player talent.

Shohei Ohtani will not sign with the Mets, much to the surprise of, well, no one really.