Seven finalists for Shohei Ohtani revealed

Seven finalists for Shohei Ohtani revealed

Seven finalists for Shohei Ohtani revealed

As of late Monday, the other clubs that were still contending for Ohtani, according to reports, were Seattle, San Francisco, both Los Angeles teams, San Diego and the Chicago Cubs.

Masanori Murakami was the first Japanese to play in the majors when he was a relief pitcher for the Giants in 1964-65.

It is uncertain when representatives from the other six clubs still in the running for Ohtani will meet with him, but most of those meetings are expected to take place this week, ahead of the winter meetings.

Ken Rosenthal reported a few minutes ago that seven teams remain in the running to sign Shoehei Ohtani: the Dodgers, Angels, Padres, Mariners, Giants, Rangers and Cubs.

For example, the Cardinals, already deep with intriguing outfield options include Stephen Piscotty and Randal Grichuck, are among the teams said to be interested in several of the Rays pitchers - closer Alex Colome and starters Chris Archer and Jake Odorizzi.

Several teams said Sunday they were told they had been eliminated, and the seven remaining were also confirmed Monday to AP by a pair of people familiar with the choices.

So even though the Rays won't be getting either of the winter's top two targets, they still would benefit with resolution so they and the other teams can get on their business.

Due to restrictions imposed by MLB's collective bargaining agreement, Otani is limited to a minor league contract.

On Sunday, New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman informed reporters that Ohtani's representatives told the team they will not be invited to make a presentation for the starter/slugger.

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