Ohtani won't sign with Yankees, BoSox

04 December, 2017, 02:10 | Author: Becky Perry
  • Yankees out of running for Shohei Ohtani, Brian Cashman says

That was big enough news regarding Ohtani, but some additional details being reported could have a big impact on the Cubs' pursuit.

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.

The Miami Marlins have agreed to the general framework of a trade involving star Giancarlo Stanton to the St. Louis Cardinals and the San Francisco Giants, according to MLB Network's Jon Morosi.

New York Yankees GM Brian Cashman and Boston President Dave Dombrowski both said their teams were informed by Ohtani's representatives that he would not be meeting with them. The Chicago Cubs and Los Angeles Dodgers were also considered potential suitors for Ohtani. 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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Ohtani was to be put up for bid later Friday by the Pacific League's Nippon Ham Fighters for the maximum $20 million posting fee, starting a 21-day window for the 23-year-old to reach agreement on a contract with an MLB team.

Ohtani must be signed by midnight on December 22, so we would expect this process to be finished fairly quickly. The Rangers are estimated to have $3.53 million to offer, if interested. Cashman called Ohtani's decision "disappointing". Ohtani posted a 42-15 record with a 2.52 ERA and 1.08 WHIP in five years as a pitcher.

He was limited to just 65 games as a hitter last season, but hit.332 with eight home runs and 31 RBIs.

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