Published: Wed, December 06, 2017
World | By Camille Rivera

New York Daily News Calls Shohei Ohtani 'Chicken' For Passing On Yankees

New York Daily News Calls Shohei Ohtani 'Chicken' For Passing On Yankees

Starting pitcher Shohei Otani (R) #16 of Japan high fives with infielder Nobuhiro Matsuda (L) #3 after the top of sixth inning during the WBSC Premier 12 semi final match between South Korea and Japan at the Tokyo Dome on November 19, 2015 in Tokyo, Japan.

However, the right-handed ace/left-handed slugger indicated that his preference was to play for a team on or near the West Coast and in a smaller market, which would also spell disappointment for other would-be bidders in the East.

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

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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.

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.

Cashman made his comments during the Heights and Lights event in Stamford, Connecticut, where he annually rappels off a 22-story building. The Rangers remain in the running, however, because they have the most bonus money available to give to Ohtani, at around $3.535 million. The feedback from that was outstanding.

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Ohtani has until 11:59 p.m. ET Dec. 22 to agree to a contract with an Major League Baseball team.

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.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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