You could say their odds are now one in seven that Japan's version of Babe Ruth, as Ohtani has been called, will play in Seattle. They spoke on condition of anonymity because not all teams had announced whether they were in or out.
Later Sunday, Red Sox general manager Dave Dombrowski said that Boston is out of the running, as well.
Ohtani was posted by the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters on Friday.
The Dodgers are believed to be on a short list of clubs who drew Ohtani's interest, and he appears to prefer West Coast destinations.
"I started getting a feel that wasn't good a few days ago", Cashman said. "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".
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Let's make the case for each of the seven finalists to ink the two-way Japanese superstar.
With only three Japanese players now signed to major league contracts (Masahiro Tanaka - Yankees, Kenta Maeda - Dodgers, Junichi Tazawa - Marlins) in addition to four free agents and one minor-league contract (Ichiro Suzuki, Nori Aoki, Yu Darvish, Koji Uhera and Hisashi Iwakuma - Mariners), it will be interesting to see if Ohtani actually steers clear of his fellow compatriots. The Rangers have the largest signing bonus amount remaining among the teams he is considering at $3,535,000, followed by the Mariners ($1,557,500) and Angels ($1,315,000).
Chicago Cubs: Like the Dodgers, they're limited to $300,000 in bonus money, but they can offer Ohtani a first-rate, winning franchise that needs only an ace starting pitcher to go alongside all the young position player talent.
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