Published: Mon, December 04, 2017
Science | By Eileen Rhodes

Yankees out of running to sign Ohtani

Yankees out of running to sign Ohtani

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 23-year-old Ohtani, who regularly plays the outfield, has been called the "Babe Ruth of Japan" because of his ability to both hit and pitch. The San Francisco Giants and the Seattle Mariners are still in contention to sign Ohtani, according to Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan.

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman told the NY media that his team also wouldn't be among the teams represented in Los Angeles, where the pitcher/hitter will be getting together with his finalists later this week. 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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Major League Baseball teams have until December 22 at 11:59 p.m. ET to reach a deal to sign Ohtani to a contract. The Chicago Cubs and Los Angeles Dodgers were also considered potential suitors for Ohtani. Teams interested in signing him will only be limited to amount of money in their global bonus pools. Last season with the Nippon Ham Fighters, he was limited to just five starts with a 3-2 record with a 3.20 ERA.

And FanRag Sports' Jon Heyman reported Sunday that Ohtani would prefer to go to a small-market team. Boston had developed a relationship with the player going back to when Ohtani was a high school star, and - like numerous other clubs - presented a clear opportunity for him to both pitch and hit.

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