New York Daily News Calls Shohei Ohtani 'Chicken' For Passing On Yankees

New York Daily News Calls Shohei Ohtani 'Chicken' For Passing On Yankees

New York Daily News Calls Shohei Ohtani 'Chicken' For Passing On Yankees

We don't know what moves the Rays will make this off-season, just that there will be some big ones as they look to cut payroll and decide whether to try to remain competitive or go for a rebuild.

For example, the Cardinals, already deep with intriguing outfield options include Stephen Piscotty and Randal Grichuck, are among the teams said to be interested in several of the Rays pitchers - closer Alex Colome and starters Chris Archer and Jake Odorizzi.

On Sunday, New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman informed reporters that Ohtani's representatives told the team they will not be invited to make a presentation for the starter/slugger.

This list, generally speaking, jibes with reports that Ohtani wishes to play on the west coast.

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Perhaps cushioning the blow somewhat for the Red Sox is that the Yankees have also been told they are out of the running.

According to, 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. The Mariners, Rangers, and Angels are in the mix from the American League. It's quite possible that Ohtani will be introduced by his new team by then.

Ohtani has been put up for bid by the Pacific League's Nippon Ham Fighters for the maximum $20 million posting fee.

Ohtani could have waited two more years to reach the minimum age at which he would be eligible for a lucrative major league contract, part of restrictions on worldwide signings included in MLB's recent collective bargaining agreement.

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