Rangers make a West Coast swing to meet Shohei Ohtani

Source Giants One of First Known Finalists to Meet With Shohei Ohtani

Ohtani and his representatives will meet with these teams in Los Angeles some time this week, after which he'll make a decision on where to play. Adding to the unusual circumstances is that the 23-year-old can only be signed to a minor league deal paid out of a given MLB team's worldwide signing-bonus pool money, meaning that the likes of the Yankees and Red Sox couldn't have brought bring their considerable financial advantages to the table.

According to mlb.com, six other teams - the Seattle Mariners, Los Angeles Angels, Los Angeles Dodgers, San Diego Padres, Chicago Cubs and Texas Rangers - are believed to be in the running to land Otani. According to reports, several other teams were told the same thing Sunday, including the Twins, Mets and D-backs.

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. Meanwhile, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman expressed disappointment, mixed with resignation, over his team's inability to receive an invitation to make an in-person presentation to Ohtani.




Ohtani has been put up for bid by the Pacific League's Nippon Ham Fighters for the maximum $20 million posting fee. Ohtani is limited to a minor league contract because of restrictions imposed by the MLB collective bargaining agreement.

Among the teams meeting with Ohtani are the Rangers, who have the most worldwide money to offer ($3.54 million) and the Giants, who have $1.84 million available.

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