Cubs chosen to meet with Japanese free agent Shohei Ohtani

Cubs chosen to meet with Japanese free agent Shohei Ohtani

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Sunday night that the agents for Ohtani told him the two-way star is not signing with NY. Passan reported Saturday that Seattle has asked players to clear their schedules to travel to Los Angeles and meet with Ohtani. I can't speak for them.

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.

The 23-year-old Ohtani, a star pitcher and hitter who must sign with a major league team by December 22, has begun informing finalists of their meetings, which could run from this Tuesday to Friday.

In 403 games over four seasons for the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters of the Japan Pacific League, Ohtani batted.286 with 48 homers, 166 RBIs and a.859 OPS.

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Reports have surfaced that Otani is likely leaning toward a West Coast team in a smaller market, but with Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer's reputation as master salesmen, the Cubs are still very much a threat to land Otani, according to reports.'s Bryan Hoch was on-site to get direct word from Yankees GM Brian Cashman and, uh, The Grinch.

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

According to reports from several baseball writers, including Jeff Passon of Yahoo, Ohtani is narrowing down his list of possible teams and the Giants are one of them. 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). Ohtani-mania, however, appears will not be coming to Denver unless he is sitting in the visitor's dugout or bullpen.