Holy Smokes: Yankees Are *OUT* on Shohei Ohtani, Has Finalists Already (West Coast Preference? Cubs An Exception?)

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Holy Smokes: Yankees Are *OUT* on Shohei Ohtani, Has Finalists Already (West Coast Preference? Cubs An Exception?)

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Seriously serious breaking news this evening, as Japanese slugger/ace/uber-prospect Shohei Ohtani is narrowing his field of MLB suitors already.

Check it out:

This is really wild stuff, as everyone thought the Yankees would be the frontrunner … and they don’t even get to full pitch him!

The reports are also a little contradictory, since the Giants do not play in anything that could remotely be described as a small market. But hey, if the Giants are a finalist, then Ohtani isn’t dead set on being a DH. So that’s something.

For now, I think it’s safe to say the Yankees are out, the Giants and Mariners are probably looking good, and it could be wide open beyond that, including with teams you wouldn’t otherwise expect. Perhaps the Cubs can convince Ohtani that Chicago has all the big city advantages, but a small town feel …

UPDATE 1: The west coast seems to be the preferred destination for Ohtani, but don’t count the Cubs out just yet:

If this report is accurate, then you can probably start crafting your shortlist from these six teams (though this doesn’t definitively count out anybody else):

The Cubs, so far, appear to be the lone geographic exception to the West Coast rumor, but maybe that’s not such a bad thing:

UPDATE 2: Jon Heyman is reporting that the Minesotta Twins are also out.

UPDATE 3: And now Ken Rosenthal is reporting that the Arizona Diamondbacks are out, as well.

As best as I can tell from reports on Twitter (as of 7:26 pm CT), the teams that have so far been told they are *out* on Ohtani include: Yankees, Red Sox, Blue Jays, Twins, Mets, Athletics, Pirates, Brewers, and Diamondbacks. And White Sox. And Cardinals (oh, thank god). And Rays. And, Marlins (which we knew from earlier today). And Nationals.

I’ll keep adding to this list as more teams are eliminated.

UPDATE 4: Marc Topkin is now reporting that the Cubs may not be the only non-West Coast teams still in on Ohtani, as the Rangers and Rays (not anymore, see above) could be among the “exceptions.”


Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.