Which MLB Team Has the Best Shot at Landing Shohei Ohtani?


Brian Cashman, the Yankees general manager, revealed that Ohtani's representatives informed him that Ohtani, one of the most intriguing players to come out of Japan in more than a decade, will not choose the Yankees.

"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 ideal fit, " Yankees GM Brian Cashman said on Sunday night of a conversation he had with Ohtani's representatives.

Ohtani's list favors West Coast teams and small market clubs, which would explain the Yankees' exclusion.

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

Ohtani was posted by the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters on Friday. By leaving Japan at 23, Ohtani can only sign a standard major-league rookie contract, and his signing bonus cannot exceed $3.535 million.

The Padres are a finalist for Japanese star Shohei Ohtani, sources told the Union-Tribune.

Passan reported Saturday that Ohtani had begun to schedule meetings with teams for this week.

The largest deal he could sign is with the Texas Rangers for $3,535,000, followed by the Yankees ($3.5 million), Minnesota ($3.07 million), Pittsburgh ($2,266,750), Seattle ($1,557,500), Miami ($1.49 million) and the Los Angeles Angels ($1,315,000). All seven of the finalists will meet with Ohtani in the coming days.

The Cubs, Dodgers and Giants are restricted to $300,000 maximums in the signing period through June 15 as penalties for exceeding their bonus pools in 2015-16 and the Padres are limited to $300,000 for going over in 2016-17.

We have also heard that Ohtani reportedly likes the pitch the Giants made of possibly playing the outfield as well as pitch.