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

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

I knew that our presentation was excellent. The Yankees, once considered a favorite, were told they didn't make the cut. I can't speak for them.

The 23-year-old Japanese star faces a December 22 deadline to close a deal with the Major League Baseball team of his choice.

The choices somewhat confirm Ohtani's preference for a small market and West Coast team, but there are exceptions.

"I started getting a feel that wasn't good a few days ago", Cashman said. The winning team will, however, pay Ohtani's current employer, the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters, $20 million for the right to negotiate with the standout hitter/pitcher.

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The Boston Red Sox will not land Japanese star free agent Shohei Ohtani, a 23-year-old two-way star who pitches and plays outfield. But I did get a sense that I can't change that we're a big market, and I can't change we're in the East.

Ohtani is limited to a minor league contract because of restrictions imposed by the MLB collective bargaining agreement.

The largest deal he could sign is with the Texas Rangers for $3,535,000, followed by the Yankees ($3.5 million), Minnesota ($3.07 million), Pittsburgh ($2,266,750), Seattle ($1,557,500), Miami ($1.49 million) and the Los Angeles Angels ($1,315,000). According to multiple reports, Ohtani is in Los Angeles and has scheduled meetings with team executives. This development didn't sit well with some news outlets, including the New York Daily News, which labeled Ohtani a "chicken" for not considering signing with the Yankees.

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