That list followed reports Sunday that the Yankees, who many had expected to be a significant factor in the sweepstakes, had been eliminated from consideration.
"I can't say that is 100 percent the case, but I got the indication Friday evening that our presentation was fantastic and that it might not be a flawless fit, " Yankees GM Brian Cashman said on Sunday night of a conversation he had with Ohtani's representatives. The Yankees, once considered a favorite, were told they didn't make the cut.
"I know that our presentation was excellent", Cashman said.
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Ohtani's list favors West Coast teams and small market clubs, which would explain the Yankees' exclusion. They spoke on condition of anonymity because not all teams had announced whether they were in or out.
"I started getting a feel that wasn't good a few days ago", Cashman said. But I did get a sense that I can't change that we're a big market, and I can't change we're in the East.
In 403 games over four seasons for the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters of the Japan Pacific League, Ohtani batted.286 with 48 homers, 166 RBIs and a.859 OPS.
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The Texas Rangers have the most bonus pool money left to offer at $3.535 million.
We have also heard that Ohtani reportedly likes the pitch the Giants made of possibly playing the outfield as well as pitch.
The Mariners have a long history of Japanese stars, and when the Angels acquired more than $1 million in worldwide bonus money last week in a trade with the Atlanta Braves, general manager Billy Eppler said he would apply it to a pursuit of Ohtani. This development didn't sit well with some news outlets, including the New York Daily News, which labeled Ohtani a "chicken" for not considering signing with the Yankees.
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