NY general manager Brian Cashman confirmed to reporters Sunday night that his club was out of the running. In this article, MLB.com states the San Francisco Giants, San Diego Padres and Los Angeles Dodgers join the Seattle Mariners, Los Angeles Angels, Texas Rangers and Chicago Cubs as the teams still in potential discussions for Ohtani.
So unless Ohtani is going to demand he play an outfield spot when he isn't on the hill, one would conclude that the Mariners or Angels have the inside track on the 23-year-old's signature.
The choices somewhat confirm Ohtani's preference for a small market and West Coast team, but there are exceptions. They spoke on condition of anonymity because not all teams had announced whether they were in or out.
Brian Cashman, the Yankees general manager, revealed that Ohtani's representatives informed him that Ohtani, one of the most intriguing players to come out of Japan in more than a decade, will not choose the Yankees.
Any team that signs Ohtani must pay a $20 million posting fee to the Nippon Ham Fighters.
"Then I got the unfortunate news today that we were out of the picture".
Yahoo! Sports' Jeff Passan reports both clubs are finalists for the two-way Japanese superstar.
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. According to multiple reports, Ohtani is in Los Angeles and has scheduled meetings with team executives. Those seven teams have been invited to meet with Ohtani and his representatives starting this week, with Ohtani's final decision due by December 21. And the Cubs have only about $300,000 to offer in global bonus money because they overspent their allotment previous year.