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

Boston Red Sox free agency: Shohei Ohtani does not grant in-person meeting to Boston, Dave Dombrowski says

The Seattle Mariners, San Francisco Giants, San Diego Padres, and Texas Rangers have also been granted meetings, according to reports.

Ohtani, whose fastball has been clocked at 100 miles per hour, is said to prefer the West Coast and smaller market.

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 we also now know that distance from Japan seemingly played a role in Ohtani's pairing down of cities as well.

News began leaking out on Sunday that several teams - including the New York Yankees, the team many considered the front-runner to land Ohtani - were being told they were out of the running.

"I started getting a feel that wasn't good a few days ago", Cashman said. "The feedback from that was outstanding".

Any team that signs Ohtani must pay a $20 million posting fee to the Nippon Ham Fighters. "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". Baseball rules said that any team willing to meet the posting price would get a chance to negotiate within a 21-day window through 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. And the Cubs have only about $300,000 to offer in global bonus money because they overspent their allotment previous year. The Mariners now have $1.55 million available to offer, while only the Rangers ($3.53 million), reportedly eliminated Yankees ($3.5 million), Twins ($3.07 million) and Pirates ($2.26 million) have more.

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