Shohei Ohtani finalists: Dodgers, Mariners, Cubs still in contention with Yankees out

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St. Louis was only able to offer him a $300,000 signing bonus, as the new CBA limits team's spending on global talent.

Prior to Sunday, the Yankees were believed to be the favorites to land Ohtani as they had the second-largest amount of worldwide spending money ($3.5 million) behind the Rangers ($3.55 million). The idea of teams offering him a secret long-term contract that won't be announced until years later would be a huge risk, as Major League Baseball is promising severe penalties if that happens.

Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that the Giants and Mariners are two teams still in the running for Ohtani.

MLB Network's Jon Heyman reported Sunday that other teams eliminated from contention include the Mets, Brewers, Pirates, Twins, as well as the A's and Diamondbacks.

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A two-way threat who hits with power from the outfield and reaches triple digits on the mound, Ohtani could become the first player in modern baseball to play the field and pitch regularly. "I felt the same way when I graduated from high school. But I did get a sense that I can't change that we're a big market and I can't change we're in the East". "That was something that, presentation or not, might be hard to overcome".

Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times reports that the Mariners met with Shohei Ohtani on Tuesday morning in Los Angeles. As a right-handed pitcher, he throws a 100-mph fastball.

"We put forward everything that we were about, but if it's not a fit, it's not a fit". He's an exciting young talent. However, he made a decision to come to the US next year, with representatives at CAA guiding the bidding process and the Fighters set for a $20 million posting fee.

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