Shohei Ohtani has reportedly narrowed the group of teams he’ll consider signing with, and it appears the A’s are out for the Japanese sensation who’s making the jump to the major leagues. The Athletic reported Sunday that the A’s were among a number of teams told over the weekend that they didn’t make the cut. Ohtani and his representatives are planning to meet with clubs they’re interested in over the coming week. He reportedly is leaning toward signing with a West Coast team, with the Yankees and Red Sox among the more high-profile teams said to be out of the running. The Giants, in the thick of trade talks for Miami’s Giancarlo Stanton, and the Seattle Mariners are two teams that will indeed meet with Ohtani, according to Yahoo Sports. The A’s were never considered one of the favorites to land the two-way star, who desires to make an impact as both a pitcher and hitter in the bigs. But, like most all of the other 30 teams, Oakland felt it was worth throwing its hat in the ring for his services.
Report: A's out of the running for Japanese star Shohei Ohtani
NBC Sports Bay Area | Dec 4