The Seattle Mariners are one of three teams to meet with Shohei Ohtani on Tuesday, according to reports.
Ohtani, the intriguing two-way star from Japan, met with the Mariners in the morning before meeting with the Texas Rangers and the Chicago Cubs later in the afternoon, according to sources.
The teams are three of the seven finalists. The others in the running for the Japanese free agent are the San Francisco Giants, Los Angeles Dodgers, Angels and San Diego Padres.
According to reports, the Giants were the first team to meet with Ohtani on Monday in Los Angeles at Ohtani’s agent’s office. The Giants sent the majority of their front office, including Larry Baer, Brian Sabean, Bobby Evans and Jeremy Shelley. Bruce Bochy was also sent to the meeting, and a source said the Giants called Buster Posey in to help with the recruiting.
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Later on Monday, according to reports, Ohtani met with the Dodgers and Angels.
The Fort Worth Star-Telegram said the Rangers’ eight-man contingent was led by co-owner Ray Davis, general manager Jon Daniels and manager Jeff Banister.
Ohtani has until Dec. 22 to sign with a major league team.
Ohtani’s agent, CAA Baseball co-head Nez Balelo, sent a memorandum to all teams Nov. 24 asking for “presentations in both Japanese and English via email” allowing the agency to “share it with the Ohtani family so we can proceed with our due diligence.”
According to a copy of the memo obtained by The Associated Press, presentations should include:
▪ An evaluation of Shohei’s talent as a pitcher and/or a hitter;
▪ Player development, medical, training and player performance philosophies and capabilities;
▪ Major league, minor league and spring training facilities;
▪ Resources for Shohei’s cultural assimilation;
▪ A detailed plan for integrating Shohei into the organization;
▪ Why the city and franchise are a desirable place to play;
▪ Relevant marketplace characteristics;
▪ And anything else that would help Shohei choose a subset of clubs on which to focus.