Published: Tue, December 05, 2017
Sports | By Brett Lawson

New York Daily News Calls Shohei Ohtani 'Chicken' For Passing On Yankees

New York Daily News Calls Shohei Ohtani 'Chicken' For Passing On Yankees

NY general manager Brian Cashman confirmed to reporters Sunday night that his club was out of the running.

Shohei Ohtani has narrowed his choice to seven teams - the Dodgers, Angels, Padres, Giants, Mariners, Rangers and Cubs - according to multiple reports. Passan reported Saturday that Seattle has asked players to clear their schedules to travel to Los Angeles and meet with Ohtani.

The Cubs would neither confirm nor deny on Sunday night whether they made the cut to the next stage of the process for the player some call the "Babe Ruth of Japan".

"I started getting a feel that wasn't good a few days ago", Cashman said. They spoke on condition of anonymity because not all teams had announced whether they were in or out. "I can't change that that we're a big market and I can't change we're in the East".

The Yankees were joined by the Red Sox, Nationals, Mets, Twins, Pirates, Brewers, Diamondbacks and Athletics among teams no longer in the running.

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The winning team will put up a $20 million posting fee, and Ohtani will enter the 2018 season making the major league minimum of $545,000. The 23-year-old has until 11:59 p.m. EST on December 22 to agree to a contract with an Major League Baseball team.

The more surprising storyline is that he said no to the Yankees, who were believed to be the favorites in the sweepstakes for the two-way Japanese superstar.

The Red Sox had only $462,000 in bonus pool money left to offer Ohtani, an worldwide amateur free agent.

Among the teams meeting with Ohtani are the Rangers, who have the most worldwide money to offer ($3.54 million) and the Giants, who have $1.84 million available. Ohtani-mania, however, appears will not be coming to Denver unless he is sitting in the visitor's dugout or bullpen.

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