Shohei Ohtani will not be signing with Yankees

Pablo Tucker
December 4, 2017

The Yankees had been considered the favorite to sign Ohtani for weeks now because they have as much global bonus money available as any team ($3.5M), also because they have a great young roster loaded with talent.

Yahoo! Sports' Jeff Passan reported that the San Francisco Giants and Seattle Mariners are two of the finalists for the two-way star.

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

Ohtani was in Los Angeles, a person familiar with his location said. The window for Ohtani to negotiate with Major League Baseball teams expires at 11:59 p.m. ET on December 22. A $20 million fee would go to the Nippon-Ham Fighters. The Yankees had about $3.5 million in money, which is the second-most behind what the Texas Rangers could offer. They couldn't simply continue adding millions to their offer until he said yes.

Multiple reports are stating that Ohtani may be leaning to teams on the West Coast and/or in small markets. The Oakland Athletics are not one of those teams, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. He also hit.283 with 48 home runs and 166 RBIs in 403 games. The issue there is both teams are NL clubs and thus might have a hard time finding enough at-bats to satify Ohtani's desire to both pitch and play.

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