Cubs chosen to meet with Japanese free agent Shohei Ohtani

Dianna Christensen
December 6, 2017

It is uncertain when representatives from the other six clubs still in the running for Ohtani will meet with him, but most of those meetings are expected to take place this week, ahead of the winter meetings.

Cashman said Ohtani seems to be leaning toward West Coast teams in smaller markets.

We don't know what moves the Rays will make this off-season, just that there will be some big ones as they look to cut payroll and decide whether to try to remain competitive or go for a rebuild.

MLB Network's Jon Heyman reported Sunday that other teams eliminated from contention include the Mets, Brewers, Pirates, Twins, as well as the A's and Diamondbacks.

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

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The Cubs are among the handful of teams chosen to meet with highly coveted Japanese free agent Shohei Ohtani, according to multiple reports, despite multiple disadvantages in the bidding process for the two-way player.

Perhaps cushioning the blow somewhat for the Red Sox is that the Yankees have also been told they are out of the running.

The Angels and Rockies may also get a chance to land the "Babe Ruth of Japan", a player whose repertoire in the Pacific League has featured fastballs timed at more than 100 miles per hour and home runs measured at more than 500 feet.

"We put forward everything that we were about, but if it's not a fit, it's not a fit". He's an exciting young talent.

Due to restrictions imposed by MLB's collective bargaining agreement, Otani is limited to a minor league contract.

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