Several teams said Sunday they were told they had been eliminated, and the seven remaining were confirmed Monday to The Associated Press by a pair of people familiar with the choices.
In fact, outside of five teams all on the west coast of the United States, Ohtani severely narrowed down his field of potential employers.
The Yankees were not the only team to learn they would not be in the running for Ohtani. I can't speak for them.
"I started getting a feel that wasn't good a few days ago".
"I know that our presentation was excellent", Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said.
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"Then I got the unfortunate news today that we were out of the picture".
Ohtani has been put up for bid by the Pacific League's Nippon Ham Fighters for the maximum $20 million posting fee. The Rangers have the largest signing bonus amount remaining among the teams he is considering at $3,535,000, followed by the Mariners ($1,557,500) and Angels ($1,315,000).
He has expressed a desire to pitch and to play the outfield in the big leagues, and one could easily see Joe Maddon being the type of manager that would permit that kind of flexibility if Otani were to sign with the Cubs.
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.
Shohei Ohtani will not sign with the Mets, much to the surprise of, well, no one really.