Despite having nearly $3 million less worldwide signing bonus money ($400,000) to offer Ohtani than teams like the Rangers and Yankees, the Red Sox carried some optimism that they could be the player's choice.
Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe reports that the Red Sox were also informed that they are out of the Ohtani sweepstakes as well. Teams interested in signing him will only be limited to amount of money in their worldwide bonus pools.More news: Federation Internationale de Football Association 2018 WC: Iran to face Spain, Portugal; tough draw for Germany
Shohei Ohtani won't be heading to the Bronx.
Whichever team can agree to a contract with Ohtani will pay Ohtani's old team, the Nippon Ham Fighters, $20 million. Cashman, among others, seems to know which teams are in the running for Ohtani's services, and the Cubs in no way fit the Yankees' general manager's description of a small-market team on the West Coast. The Oakland Athletics are not one of those teams, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. Over the course of his five seasons as a professional in Japan, he went 42-15 with a 2.52 ERA, averaging 10.3 K/9 IP. The issue there is both teams are NL clubs and thus might have a hard time finding enough at-bats to satify Ohtani's desire to both pitch and play. He also hit.283 with 48 home runs and 166 RBIs in 403 games.