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.
Cubs reportedly remain in contention for Shohei Ohtani
Chicago Tribune | Dec 5