Padres among finalists for Shohei Ohtani

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Starting pitcher Shohei Otani (R) #16 of Japan high fives with infielder Nobuhiro Matsuda (L) #3 after the top of sixth inning during the WBSC Premier 12 semi final match between South Korea and Japan at the Tokyo Dome on November 19, 2015 in Tokyo, Japan.

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

That didn't stop NY from trying to clear as much bonus money as it could, about $3.5 million, for a pursuit of Ohtani in which they had been considered among the favorites.

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On Sunday, Ohtani's representatives told the Yankees and Boston Red Sox that he was not interested in signing with them, which came as a surprise considering the prominence of both clubs. "That was something that, presentation or not, might be hard to overcome".

According to Jim Bowden of Sirius XM, the Giants are meeting with Japanese star Shohei Ohtani in Los Angeles on Monday.

Later Sunday, Red Sox general manager Dave Dombrowski said that Boston is out of the running, as well. The Mariners, Rangers, and Angels are in the mix from the American League. "When players are in the marketplace like that, you do everything you possibly can", said Cashman, whose team has been scouting Ohtani since 2012. "You move on", Cashman added. He's an exciting young talent. While many reporters are sending out mixed signals as to what Ohtani is seeking in a major league team, the truth is that nobody besides Ohtani truly knows what he is seeking. 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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