Shohei Ohtani won't sign with the Mets

Shohei Ohtani won't sign with the Mets

Shohei Ohtani won't sign with the Mets

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 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.

The 23-year-old Japanese star faces a December 22 deadline to close a deal with the Major League Baseball team of his choice.

Ohtani, whose fastball has been clocked at 100 miles per hour, is said to prefer the West Coast and smaller market.

Ohtani has been put up for bid by the Pacific League's Nippon Ham Fighters for the maximum $20 million posting fee.

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"I started getting a feel that wasn't good a few days ago", Cashman said.

The largest deal he could sign is with the Texas Rangers for $3,535,000, followed by the Yankees ($3.5 million), Minnesota ($3.07 million), Pittsburgh ($2,266,750), Seattle ($1,557,500), Miami ($1.49 million) and the Los Angeles Angels ($1,315,000).

The Dodgers are also still in play, according to Heyman, but it sounds like he's looking to play in a smaller market.

The Mariners have a long history of Japanese stars, and when the Angels acquired more than $1 million in worldwide bonus money last week in a trade with the Atlanta Braves, general manager Billy Eppler said he would apply it to a pursuit of Ohtani.

Shohei Ohtani will not sign with the Mets, much to the surprise of, well, no one really.

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