Yankees out of running for Shohei Ohtani


The Yankees were perceived to be the favorite by many because they had the second-most amount of global signing bonus money ($3.35M), the diversity of NY, the successful recent history with Japanese players, like Hideki Matsui and Masahiro Tanaka, and a chance to win immediately.

New York Yankees GM Brian Cashman and Boston President Dave Dombrowski both said their teams were informed by Ohtani's representatives that he would not be meeting with them.

Based on that, it comes as little surprise the Seattle Mariners and San Francisco Giants are still in contention for Ohtani, per Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan.

Ohtani was in Los Angeles, a person familiar with his location said. The Minnesota Twins, the only other team with at least $3 million in bonus money, also did not make the final cut.

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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.

Ohtani, of course, will be limited to how much he can be paid because he is a foreign free agent under the age of 25 and is thus subject to the global pool caps provided for under the Collective Bargaining Agreement. The only perceived drawback from the Yankees' bid was that Ohtani is from a small town, which might have scared him off from NY. The Texas Rangers can offer the 23-year-old $3.53 million.

Ohtani also added that he would be excited if he were a team on the West Coast in a smaller market. The Oakland Athletics are not one of those teams, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.

He was limited to just 65 games as a hitter last season, but hit.332 with eight home runs and 31 RBIs.