Published: Mon, December 04, 2017
Research | By Raquel Erickson

Yankees out of running to sign Ohtani

Yankees out of running to sign Ohtani

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.

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

Ohtani was in Los Angeles, a person familiar with his location said.

Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe also noted that Red Sox executive Dave Dombrowski said the club was informed this afternoon that they, too, were out of the Ohtani sweepstakes.

Shohei Ohtani will not sign with the Yankees.

Ohtani must be signed by midnight on December 22, so we would expect this process to be finished fairly quickly. Cashman, among others, seems to know which teams are in the running for Ohtani's services, and the Cubs in no way fit the Yankees' general manager's description of a small-market team on the West Coast. The Rangers are estimated to have $3.53 million to offer, if interested. The Oakland Athletics are not one of those teams, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. 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. Ohtani posted a 42-15 record with a 2.52 ERA and 1.08 WHIP in five years as a pitcher. In 65 games at the plate, he hit.332/.403/.540 with eight home runs, 31 RBI and 16 doubles.

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