Ohtani informed the Yankees that he would not be signing with them on Sunday and it doesn't sound like the Mets were ever really in the race to begin with. And no manager is willing to move players around like Joe Maddon, so Ohtani could play some right field against right-handed pitchers with Jason Heyward shifting over to center.
"I know that our presentation was excellent", Cashman said. The feedback from that was outstanding, but I did get a sense that I can't change that we're a big market and I can't change that we're in the East.
Any team that signs Ohtani must pay a $20 million posting fee to the Nippon Ham Fighters.
The Boston Red Sox will not land Japanese star free agent Shohei Ohtani, a 23-year-old two-way star who pitches and plays outfield. 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.
Ohtani is limited to a minor league contract because of restrictions imposed by the MLB collective bargaining agreement.
Among the teams meeting with Ohtani are the Rangers, who have the most global money to offer ($3.54 million) and the Giants, who have $1.84 million available.
After the dust had settled, only the Angels, Mariners, Giants, Dodgers and Padres remained.