That didn't stop NY from trying to clear as much bonus money as it could, about $3.5 million, for a pursuit of Ohtani in which they had been considered among the favorites.
Because he wants to both pitch and start as a hitter when he's not starting as a pitcher, American League teams would seem to have an advantage.
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Several teams said Sunday they were told they had been eliminated, and the seven remaining were also confirmed Monday to AP by a pair of people familiar with the choices. Meanwhile, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman expressed disappointment, mixed with resignation, over his team's inability to receive an invitation to make an in-person presentation to Ohtani.
Boston's $462,500 bonus pool was far smaller than what several other teams can offer Ohtani, but it's unknown if that was a factor. The feedback from that was outstanding.
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Perhaps cushioning the blow somewhat for the Red Sox is that the Yankees have also been told they are out of the running.
The Cubs are among the handful of teams chosen to meet with highly coveted Japanese free agent Shohei Ohtani, according to multiple reports, despite multiple disadvantages in the bidding process for the two-way player. ". I wish him the best of luck". Ohtani is limited to a minor league contract because of restrictions imposed by the MLB collective bargaining agreement.
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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). However, he made a decision to come to the USA next year, with representatives at CAA guiding the bidding process and the Fighters set for a $20 million posting fee.