Cubs chosen to meet with Japanese free agent Shohei Ohtani


On Sunday, New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman informed reporters that Ohtani's representatives told the team they will not be invited to make a presentation for the starter/slugger.

The Seattle Mariners, San Francisco Giants, San Diego Padres, and Texas Rangers have also been granted meetings, according to reports. The New York Mets, Oakland Athletics, Pittsburgh Pirates and Milwaukee Brewers are also among the teams told they won't sign Ohtani.

The choices somewhat confirm Ohtani's preference for a small market and West Coast team, but there are exceptions.

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I mean, I wouldn't put it past him, not after his representation sent out a memo to all interested clubs asking how Ohtani fits in, not only to the particular club but the city it represents. "The feedback from that was outstanding". So that was something that presentation or not, might be a hard thing to overcome. Just know that when/if you play at Yankee Stadium, we're going to let you hear about it. But we would see. "I can't change that that we're a big market and I can't change we're in the East". In 543 career innings on the mound, he's 42-15 with a 2.52 ERA, 1.08 WHIP, and 10.3 strikeouts per nine innings pitched.

Any team that signs Ohtani must pay a $20 million posting fee to the Nippon Ham Fighters. 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.