Shohei Ohtani has reportedly eliminated the team with the second-most money, and widely thought to be a favorite, to sign him. Their biggest sell over the other West Coast teams, however: Come play for a victor.
"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.
But we also now know that distance from Japan seemingly played a role in Ohtani's pairing down of cities as well.
Yankees' GM Brian Cashman told ESPN.com he was disappointed by Ohtani's decision, and that there was nothing else the organization could have possibly done. "The feedback from that was outstanding".
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.
"Then I got the unfortunate news today that we were out of the picture". He must finalize a contract by December 22.
It's never quite been clear what it is that Ohtani wants, but we know that it's not money since his age, 23, limits his contract.
The Dodgers can only offer Ohtani a $300,000 bonus. The Rangers have the largest signing bonus amount remaining among the teams he is considering at $3,535,000, followed by the Mariners ($1,557,500) and Angels ($1,315,000).