In fact, outside of five teams all on the west coast of the United States, Ohtani severely narrowed down his field of potential employers. Two weeks ago, Ohtani's camp had sent a questionnaire to all 30 teams asking for an initial proposal as a first step in the negotiations.
NY general manager Brian Cashman confirmed to reporters Sunday night that his club was out of the running.
MLB.com's Bryan Hoch was on-site to get direct word from Yankees GM Brian Cashman and, uh, The Grinch. "The feedback from that was outstanding".
Headlining the list of jilted suitors were the Yankees, who many in the baseball industry viewed as the favorites to land Ohtani.
The Yankees and Red Sox are among the teams that pitcher and outfielder Shohei Ohtani has ruled out, and it seems the Japanese star will likely pursue a smaller market nearer to the West Coast.
Ohtani was posted by the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters on Friday. Baseball rules said that any team willing to meet the posting price would get a chance to negotiate within a 21-day window through December 22. By leaving Japan at 23, Ohtani can only sign a standard major-league rookie contract, and his signing bonus cannot exceed $3.535 million. NY had accumulated the second-most global free agent money, which will be used to sign Ohtani, as major league rules limit the amount he can receive.
We have also heard that Ohtani reportedly likes the pitch the Giants made of possibly playing the outfield as well as pitch.
Dylan Hernandez contributed to the reporting of this article.