Sports

Shohei Ohtani rules out Red Sox and Yankees, prefers West Coast

Shohei Ohtani rules out Red Sox and Yankees, prefers West Coast

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.

According to the Boston Globe, the Boston Red Sox were informed they were eliminated from the bidding. They spoke on condition of anonymity because not all teams had announced whether they were in or out.

In 403 games over four seasons for the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters of the Japan Pacific League, Ohtani batted.286 with 48 homers, 166 RBIs and a.859 OPS. 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. Their biggest sell over the other West Coast teams, however: Come play for a victor. Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Sunday that Ohtani's camp had informed him NY was out of play.

MLB.com's Bryan Hoch was on-site to get direct word from Yankees GM Brian Cashman and, uh, The Grinch.

More news: Cold Weather Alert issued as Sussex temperatures set to plunge
More news: GM to Deliver Autonomous Ride-Sharing Service to 'Multiple Cities' by 2019
More news: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attend first public event together after engagement

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.

The Red Sox had only $462,000 in bonus pool money left to offer Ohtani, an global amateur free agent.

The New York Yankees are not one of the finalists for Japanese star Shohei Ohtani, who has started scheduling meetings with teams for this week that are expected to decide where the ultimate free-agent prize of the offseason lands, sources familiar with the situation told Yahoo Sports. The Mariners now have $1.55 million available to offer, while only the Rangers ($3.53 million), reportedly eliminated Yankees ($3.5 million), Twins ($3.07 million) and Pirates ($2.26 million) have more. Those seven teams have been invited to meet with Ohtani and his representatives starting this week, with Ohtani's final decision due by December 21.