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Red Sox out of Shohei Ohtani sweepstakes

Rob Bradford
December 03, 2017 - 6:45 pm

The Red Sox dream of convincing Shohei Ohtani to play in Boston has come to an end.

Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski confirmed to WEEI.com that his club was not one of the teams invited by Ohtani and his representatives to make a presentation to the 23-year-old in person. Yankees general manager Brian Cashman told the New York media that his team also wouldn't be among the teams represented in Los Angeles, where the pitcher/hitter will be getting together with his finalists later this week.

Despite having almost $3 million less international signing bonus money ($400,000) to offer Ohtani than teams like the Rangers and Yankees, the Red Sox carried some optimism that they could be the player's choice. Boston had developed a relationship with the player going back to when Ohtani was a high school star, and -- like many of the other clubs -- presented a clear opportunity for him to both pitch and hit.

The Red Sox believed that their young core of players, coupled with a history of supplying a solid infrastructure for Japanese players, might be elements that would weigh in their favor.

The Giants, Rangers, Cubs, Padres, Dodgers and Mariners are the known teams who will be meeting with Ohtani.

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