Shohei Ohtani Update: Cubs Still in Running, Yankees and Several Other Teams Out

See below for other updates on teams that are out of the running, but confirmation is coming in the Cubs will indeed meet with Ohtani. They and the Rangers are the only such teams that aren’t on the West Coast.

We appear to have gotten some major news in the Shohei Ohtani sweepstakes. Yankees beat reporters are confirming that GM Brian Cashman has been told the Yankees are OUT of the race to sign the Japanese star. Cashman said it appears Ohtani has placed small market and West Coast teams at the top of his preference list, but a recent report from Mike Bernadino suggest the Cubs may be the exception to that rule.

In addition to the Yankees, the Pirates, Mets, A’s, Twins, Blue Jays, Red Sox have all been eliminated from the running as well. The West Coast bias has been noted by several different sources, but there’s something to be said for the fact that the Cubs are still in the mix. Maybe.


Ken Rosenthal tweets that the D-backs are also out.

***Update #2***

Consider the source, but this sounds right.

***Update #3***

The Rays and Cardinals are both out.

***Update #4***

Add one more to the list, as the Braves are out.

***Update #5***

The Nats are officially out, though they were never really in. That makes 14 teams not in the race, with the Marlins reportedly out due to being cheap as hell.

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