The Yankees are officially out of the running for Shohei Ohtani. The two-way sensation’s representatives informed the Yankees that they will not be invited to make an in-person presentation. Brian Cashman explains that he’s disappointed by the Ohtani camp’s decision.
Disappointing is definitely the word. It would seem that the rumors of Ohtani preferring a smaller market are true. Or perhaps it’s the rumors of Ohtani not wanting to come to a team that already has a Japanese star on it. Needless to say, it’s a very good thing that Masahiro Tanaka did not opt out of his seven-year contract. As for where Ohtani is going to wind up, it seems that the Giants and Mariners are among the favorites for his services.
Sources: Shohei Ohtani continues to narrow the field for his meetings next week. The New York Yankees are out. The San Francisco Giants are one of the finalists. The Seattle Mariners also are in.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) December 3, 2017
If you’d like some positive news this evening, the Red Sox and the Twins are also out of the running for Ohtani.
The Red Sox also are out on Ohtani. Dave Dombrowski said they were informed this afternoon.— Pete Abraham (@PeteAbe) December 3, 2017
Sources: #Twins also out on Ohtani, joining #RedSox, #Yankees. Strong belief, as others have noted, that he will wind up on west coast. #SFGiants, #Mariners in, per @JeffPassan.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 3, 2017
I’m not even sorry, Beantown.
Now that the Yankees are officially not getting Ohtani, re-signing CC Sabathia seems like a no-brainer. The Yankees may also go after Lance Lynn or Alex Cobb. Or both. Or neither. At this point, who knows. The important thing is that they already have a pretty decent rotation.
Having said all of that, if the Giants get both Giancarlo Stanton and Shohei Ohtani this offseason, that is the most even-year bull$#!t ever. Screw you, Grant Brisbee.
(I’m kidding, Grant. Please don’t hate me)