Less than a half hour after Bryan Hoch tweeted out that the New York Yankees were out in the Shohei Ohtani sweepstakes, it was reported that multiple other teams are also out. Among these teams are the Mets according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post.
Sandy Alderson has shown interest in Ohtani, but realized the immense competition in signing the two-way player.
“I don’t think there is a downside into looking into it,” Alderson said in November according to Mike Puma of the New York Post. “I think the only downside is creating a false set of expectations among fans that have to be tempered. This guy can go to any one of 30 teams.”
The Mets even filled out Ohtani’s questionnaire, but they still were never considered favorites to land him.
Here is a list of teams who are out on Ohtani so far:
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Original Report – Dec. 3, 6:37 p.m.
Hoch goes on to say that Ohtani’s representatives informed the Yankees that the team wasn’t invited to make a in-person presentation to the 23-year-old Japanese star. Yankees general manager Brian Cashman found the news “disappointing.”
Right now, Ohtani appears to favor being signed by a West Coast and/or small market team. Ohtani’s representatives were impressed with the Yankees’ presentation, but regardless there’s nothing they could do to change the fact they are a large market East Coast team.
Ohtani has been a hot topic among Major League Baseball this offseason due to his affordability and talent.
His affordability initially made him somewhat realistic for every team even though some teams have more international bonus money than others.
His production as a position player and pitcher in Japan has been terrific as well. He has hit .286/.358/.500/.859 with 150 runs, 48 home runs, and 166 RBI in 1,035 at-bats since 2013. On the mound he has went 42-15 with a 2.52 ERA, 1.076 WHIP, 0.4 HR/9, 3.3 BB/9, and 10.3 SO/9 in 543 innings across five seasons.