Yankees out of running for Shohei Ohtani, Brian Cashman says

Cesar Mills
December 4, 2017

At a charity event tonight, Brian Cashman told Brendan Kuty and Bryan Hoch that Ohtani informed the Yankees he will not sign with them. That was big enough news regarding Ohtani, but some additional details being reported could have a big impact on the Cubs' pursuit.

According to Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan, the Giants and Mariners are among the finalists.

The Rangers are hoping to meet with Ohtani, who is in Los Angeles, in the coming days ahead of the winter meetings.

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Major League Baseball just announced that its clubs have ratified the new posting agreement which will govern player transfers between MLB and Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) beginning November 1, 2018. This creates a window for Ohtani to negotiate with Major League Baseball teams that will expire at midnight on December 22.

Ohtani has spent the last five seasons with the Nippon Ham Fighters in Japan's NPB putting up impressive numbers on both sides of the diamond.

Multiple reports are stating that Ohtani may be leaning to teams on the West Coast and/or in small markets. They couldn't simply continue adding millions to their offer until he said yes. For his career, the 23-year-old has a 42-15 record with a 2.52 ERA and 624 strikeouts in 543 innings, and a.286 batting average with 48 homers and 166 RBI. In 65 games at the plate, he hit.332/.403/.540 with eight home runs, 31 RBI and 16 doubles.

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