Shohei Ohtani turns down Yankees, Red Sox, per GMs

New York Yankees

It didn't take long for Shohei Ohtani to become a villain in the Bronx.

The teams still in play, predominantly on the West Coast, have until December 22 to sign Ohtani, who is 23.

The Yankees were perceived by many to be the favorites because they had the second-largest amount of worldwide signing bonus money ($3.35 million), the diversity of NY, the successful recent history with Japanese players (such as Hideki Matsui and Masahiro Tanaka) and a chance to win immediately.

Because he wants to both pitch and start as a hitter when he's not starting as a pitcher, American League teams would seem to have an advantage.

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

According to multiple reports, the Minnesota Twins, Oakland Athletics, Milwaukee Brewers, Pittsburgh Pirates, Toronto Blue Jays, Arizona Diamondbacks, Chicago White Sox, New York Mets and Tampa Bay Rays are also out. "That was something that, presentation or not, might be hard to overcome".

Ken Rosenthal reported a few minutes ago that seven teams remain in the running to sign Shoehei Ohtani: the Dodgers, Angels, Padres, Mariners, Giants, Rangers and Cubs. "When players are in the marketplace like that, you do everything you possibly can", said Cashman, whose team has been scouting Ohtani since 2012. He's an exciting young talent. However, he made a decision to come to the US next year, with representatives at CAA guiding the bidding process and the Fighters set for a $20 million posting fee.

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