Shohei Ohtani narrows list to seven teams

Japan's starter Shohei Otani pitches against South Korea during the first inning of their semifinal game at the Premier12 world baseball tournament at Tokyo Dome in Tokyo. A person familiar with the decision says Major L

In Ohtani, the Dodgers would get the number two starter they need to make it back to the World Series.

Two A.L. teams that could clearly use Ohtani - and fit the description of a smaller market on the West Coast - are the Seattle Mariners and the Los Angeles Angels, who play in Anaheim, Calif.

Several teams said Sunday they were told they had been eliminated, and the seven remaining were also confirmed Monday to AP by a pair of people familiar with the choices. "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".

Ken Rosenthal reported a few minutes ago that seven teams remain in the running to sign Shoehei Ohtani: the Dodgers, Angels, Padres, Mariners, Giants, Rangers and Cubs.

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Later Sunday, Red Sox general manager Dave Dombrowski said that Boston is out of the running, as well.

The Angels and Rockies may also get a chance to land the "Babe Ruth of Japan", a player whose repertoire in the Pacific League has featured fastballs timed at more than 100 miles per hour and home runs measured at more than 500 feet. It's quite possible that Ohtani will be introduced by his new team by then. "You move on", Cashman added. Brewers general manager David Stearns told that "we wish him the best of luck with his decision". He's an exciting young talent.

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

Due to restrictions imposed by MLB's collective bargaining agreement, Otani is limited to a minor league contract.

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