The two-way Japanese star has been pruning his list of suitors and the Cubs got a rose
Reports have been leaking out Sunday evening that Shohei Ohtani has been eliminating teams from his list of future employers. The good news here is that the Cubs are one of the few teams not located on the West Coast who are still in the running.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 4, 2017
Rosenthal amended that Tweet shortly thereafter to say it was the Angels, not the Astros, whose fate is still unclear. I have read other reports that the Angels are indeed still in the mix. It would shock me if the Reds still were, although maybe Ohtani is a real Skyline Chili fan.
You may notice the big name missing there and that’s the Yankees. Throughout this whole process, most (including me) thought the Yankees would be the heavy favorites to sign Ohtani. However: