Japanese phenom Shohei Ohtani tells Yankees and Red Sox he'll sign elsewhere

Posted December 06, 2017

Those services include an exciting blend of pitching and hitting, making Ohtani, who has been starring for the Nippon Ham Fighters, one of the unique prospects in recent memory.

The Yankees and Red Sox are among the teams that pitcher and outfielder Shohei Ohtani has ruled out, and it seems the Japanese star will likely pursue a smaller market nearer to the West Coast.

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"I started getting a feel that wasn't good a few days ago", Yankees general manager Brian Cashman told reporters at a holiday event Sunday night in Stamford, Connecticut. The feedback from that was outstanding. The New York Mets, Oakland Athletics, Pittsburgh Pirates and Milwaukee Brewers are also among the teams told they won't sign Ohtani. "That was something that, presentation or not, might be hard to overcome".

According to mlb.com, six other teams - the Seattle Mariners, Los Angeles Angels, Los Angeles Dodgers, San Diego Padres, Chicago Cubs and Texas Rangers - are believed to be in the running to land Otani.

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Later Sunday, Red Sox general manager Dave Dombrowski said that Boston is out of the running, as well. Both finished far behind the World Series champion Houston Astros in the A.L. West but want desperately to win while their best players - the Mariners' Robinson Cano and the Angels' Mike Trout - are still in their primes. It's quite possible that Ohtani will be introduced by his new team by then.

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 global signings included in MLB's recent collective bargaining agreement.

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