Published: Tue, December 05, 2017
Sports | By Grace Becker

San Francisco Giants Reportedly Finalists for Shohei Ohtani

San Francisco Giants Reportedly Finalists for Shohei Ohtani

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Sunday night that the agents for Ohtani told him the two-way star is not signing with NY.

According to Jim Bowden of Sirius XM, the Giants are meeting with Japanese star Shohei Ohtani in Los Angeles on Monday. You could say their odds are now one in seven that Japan's version of Babe Ruth, as Ohtani has been called, will play in Seattle. Their biggest sell over the other West Coast teams, however: Come play for a victor. They spoke on condition of anonymity because not all teams had announced whether they were in or out.

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Major League Baseball sent out a press release detailing the new posting system, which won't take effect until November 1, 2018. All 30 teams could potentially be in the mix, since worldwide signing caps significantly limit the price of the 23-year-old.

"I know that our presentation was excellent", Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said. That lines up with other news to come out Sunday, from the Boston Globe's Pete Abraham, who reports Red Sox GM Dave Dombrowski said Ohtani informed him Boston was also out of the running.

"Then I got the unfortunate news today that we were out of the picture".

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Any team that signs Ohtani must pay a $20 million posting fee to the Nippon Ham Fighters.

Yahoo! Sports' Jeff Passan reports both clubs are finalists for the two-way Japanese superstar.

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It's never quite been clear what it is that Ohtani wants, but we know that it's not money since his age, 23, limits his contract. Instead, he'll be posted and teams will be limited to offering bonuses from their pool of worldwide signing money. 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). The Mariners have reportedly told several of their players to come to LA in order to meet with Ohtani.

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