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Cubs Have Distinct ‘Midwest Coast’ Advantage in Ohtani Sweepstakes

Until they had been eliminated from contention, all we kept hearing on the Shohei Ohtani front was that the Yankees were heavy favorites to land the two-way unicorn. But the moment the Yankees had been ruled out, there were pervasive reports of Ohtani’s West Coast bias. Much of that was likely Brian Cashman’s remark that his team was too far east (but not Far East) to have merited serious consideration.

There have been other reports that many around baseball felt Ohtani would prefer the Pacific Coast, though that all feels like a lot of revisionist history. Then again, four of his remaining options — the Dodgers, Angels, Giants, and Padres — are in California and another is in Seattle. Only two lie east of the Rockies and only one plays in a division that doesn’t have “West” in the title.

As I have said before, the fact that the Cubs stand alone in comparison to the other teams in the mix makes quite a statement about their possibilities. Whether it’s their dynamic front office, young core, wide-open window of contention, innovative manager, welcoming city, or any number of other factors, the Cubs stack up really nicely. …Read the Rest

Source:: Cubs Insider

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