Shohei Ohtani Shrinks His List of Suitors to Seven Teams


Shohei Ohtani pitching in Japan in 2015. He has told the Boston Red Sox and the Yankees, along with several other clubs, that he is not interested in signing with them.

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Shohei Ohtani, the intriguing two-way star from Japan, is getting closer to choosing a major league team. He has narrowed his choice to seven of the 30 clubs in North America and will begin meeting with them face to face in the Los Angeles area as he moves toward a final decision.

The seven teams are the Seattle Mariners, the San Francisco Giants, the Los Angeles Dodgers, the San Diego Padres, the Los Angeles Angels, the Chicago Cubs and the Texas Rangers, according to several people in baseball with knowledge of the situation.

All seven teams will now get the chance to make their pitch to Ohtani, a free agent from Japan who is not only highly talented but also extremely affordable because of restrictions under the international signing system.

On Sunday, Ohtani’s representatives told the Yankees and the Boston Red Sox that he was not interested in signing with…

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