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Padres among finalists for Shohei Ohtani

Padres among finalists for Shohei Ohtani

As reports have surfaced that big money teams like the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox are out, there are others saying that the reason is because Ohtani prefers a West Coast team. Their multimedia presentation couldn't make up for the fact that NY is located on the East Coast and it appears as though Ohtani wants to play closer to home.

The Cubs would neither confirm nor deny on Sunday night whether they made the cut to the next stage of the process for the player some call the "Babe Ruth of Japan".

"I know that our presentation was excellent", Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said. I can't speak for them.

The winning team will put up a $20 million posting fee, and Ohtani will enter the 2018 season making the major league minimum of $545,000.

The Padres are a finalist for Japanese star Shohei Ohtani, sources told the Union-Tribune. The 23-year-old has until 11:59 p.m. EST on December 22 to agree to a contract with an Major League Baseball team.

It's never quite been clear what it is that Ohtani wants, but we know that it's not money since his age, 23, limits his contract. According to multiple reports, Ohtani is in Los Angeles and has scheduled meetings with team executives. And the Cubs have only about $300,000 to offer in worldwide bonus money because they overspent their allotment past year.

The largest deal he could sign is with the Texas Rangers for $3,535,000, followed by the Yankees ($3.5 million), Minnesota ($3.07 million), Pittsburgh ($2,266,750), Seattle ($1,557,500), Miami ($1.49 million) and the Los Angeles Angels ($1,315,000). The Mariners have reportedly told several of their players to come to LA in order to meet with Ohtani.

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