Race for Rangers target Shohei Ohtani narrows: The Yankees are out

Race for Rangers target Shohei Ohtani narrows: The Yankees are out

Race for Rangers target Shohei Ohtani narrows: The Yankees are out

According to MLB.com's Bryan Hoch, Ohtani's representatives informed the Yankees front office the franchise won't be afforded the opportunity to have an in-person meeting with the 23-year-old.

The New York Yankees were expected by many to be the team to land the Japanese Babe Ruth, as they had a rich history with worldwide players and had $3.5 million left in their global signing pool. The Minnesota Twins have also dropped out, according to Jon Heyman of Fan Rag Sports. 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.

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Major League Baseball teams have until December 22 at 11:59 p.m. ET to reach a deal to sign Ohtani to a contract. The elimination of the Yankees could bode well for teams that have made a significant pitch, such as San Diego, Seattle and Pittsburgh. Boston had developed a relationship with the player going back to when Ohtani was a high school star, and - like numerous other clubs - presented a clear opportunity for him to both pitch and hit.

Ohtani is choosing to come over to the United States years before he can make anywhere near what he would have on the open market due to the posting system rules. Assistant GM Josh Boyd has logged numerous trips to Japan in that time to help further a relationship.

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