The Cubs are among at least seven teams remaining in contention for the services of Japanese free-agent pitcher/outfielder Shohei Ohtani, according to the Dallas Morning News.

The Cubs wouldn’t confirm or deny the report Sunday night, but it has been evident for a while that the team covets the 23-year-old star, who became a free agent Friday and has created a whirlwind of interest throughout baseball.

Ohtani has until Dec. 22 to select a major-league team, which will pay a $20 million posting fee to his former team — the Nippon Ham Fighters. The Cubs, with only $300,000 in international signing bonus money to offer, reportedly have been trying to sell Ohtani on the benefits of playing for their organization.