Sunday, 17 December, 2017

Angels held face-to-face meetings with Shohei Ohtani on Monday

New York Daily News Calls Shohei Ohtani 'Chicken' For Passing On Yankees Cleveland Indians officially out of the Shohei Ohtani sweepstakes
Betsy Taylor | 07 December, 2017, 02:57

He's expected to meet with the San Diego Padres on Wednesday after meeting with the Los Angeles Angels on Monday, per Rosenthal.

What does that mean for the St. Louis Cardinals? The decision won't come down to money, as no team can offer more than $3.5 million to sign him due to Major League Baseball restrictions.

But if the Giants sign him, does that mean they drop out of the race for Stanton?

Ohtani would have likely signed a deal in excess of nine figures if he had waited until his 25th birthday, when he could have become an unencumbered free agent.

NY general manager Brian Cashman confirmed to reporters Sunday night that his club was out of the running. "The feedback from that was outstanding".


"I did get a sense that I can't change that we're a big market and I can't change that we're in the East".

Red Sox spokesperson Kevin Gregg confirmed to the Associated Press that Boston was also eliminated from the bidding. "When players are in the marketplace like that, you do everything you possibly can", said Cashman, whose team has been scouting Ohtani since 2012. The New York Mets, Oakland Athletics, Pittsburgh Pirates, Tampa Bay Rays, Minnesota Twins and Milwaukee Brewers are also among the teams told they won't sign Ohtani.

Ohtani could have waited two more years to reach the minimum age at which he would be eligible for a lucrative major league contract, part of restrictions on worldwide signings included in MLB's recent collective bargaining agreement.

The 23-year-old Japanese star faces a December 22 deadline to close a deal with the Major League Baseball team of his choice. The winning team will, however, pay Ohtani's current employer, the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters, $20 million for the right to negotiate with the standout hitter/pitcher.

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