Shohei Ohtani won't sign with the Mets

The Shohei Ohtani sweepstakes is down to seven

Their multimedia presentation couldn't make up for the fact that NY is located on the East Coast and it appears as though Ohtani wants to play closer to home. By early Sunday night, most other clubs had been informed they were eliminated from consideration.

"I know that our presentation was excellent", Cashman said. I can't speak for them.

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. "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".

Any team that signs Ohtani must pay a $20 million posting fee to the Nippon Ham Fighters.

The Shohei Ohtani sweepstakes is down to seven

With only three Japanese players now signed to major league contracts (Masahiro Tanaka - Yankees, Kenta Maeda - Dodgers, Junichi Tazawa - Marlins) in addition to four free agents and one minor-league contract (Ichiro Suzuki, Nori Aoki, Yu Darvish, Koji Uhera and Hisashi Iwakuma - Mariners), it will be interesting to see if Ohtani actually steers clear of his fellow compatriots.

When it comes to Major League Baseball free agents, it's hard to find someone as intriguing as two-way Japanese star Shohei Ohtani. NY had accumulated the second-most worldwide free agent money, which will be used to sign Ohtani, as major league rules limit the amount he can receive. According to multiple reports, Ohtani is in Los Angeles and has scheduled meetings with team executives.

The Texas Rangers have the most bonus pool money left to offer at $3.535 million. Those seven teams have been invited to meet with Ohtani and his representatives starting this week, with Ohtani's final decision due by December 21.

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