For once, the Yankees could not do anything to influence a free agent.
Your money could not help them. His championship tradition did not matter. Its location in the great city of New York turned out not to be a start because Shohei Otani apparently wants to play on the West Coast.
So this was the rare case when the Yankees must have felt a bit like the Kansas City Royals or the Minnesota Twins, unable to get a player they desperately wanted.
They had to be shocked and probably a little insulted: the guy would not even take his meeting.
All this should do wonders for Otani's popularity in the rest of the country, of course, and also for the rest of baseball, considering that he could not feel so tempted, not caring to seduce, for everything the Evil Empire has to offer.
In the Bronx you could receive Pedro Martinez's treatment now, but his rejection of the Yankees will create even more mystique about a player who has already been labeled the Babe Ruth of Japan, and seems determined to prove that it can be a star on the plate and on the mound in the big leagues.  A NOV. 19, 2015, ARCHIVE PHOTO "src =" https://badets.nydailynews.com/polopoly_fs/1.3675214.1512352885!/img/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/article_750/mlb-japan-ohtani-baseball.jpg " /> (Shizuo Kambayashi / AP)
Shohei Otani eliminated the Yankees from his team list.
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As it is, Otani has baseball people wondering why he would not wait two more years. have 25, when he could sign for maybe $ 200 million instead of the two million that he now has restricted with the money of an international group of signings.
Those restrictions were one of the reasons why many in the game considered the Yankees as favorites, his brand is so popular in Japan that he would badure Otani the collection of millions more endorsements.
But now it seems that Otani is being guided by his own personal choices, starting with a preference for the West Coast , apparently to be closer to Japan.  And if it's true that he would also prefer a small-market team, as general manager Brian Cashman said while telling reporters on Sunday night that the Yankees were out of the running, he may not be looking for the easiest way. route to ac the disaster, either.
Everything turns into a great intrigue, but not so much around here now. The Mets were informed on Sunday that they were out of consideration too, according to a source, but they never had any illusions about hitting the lottery at Otani, getting a potential No. 1 pitcher at such an offer price. .
No, this was about the Yankees, because it seemed to make sense that Japan's Babe Ruth wanted to play in the improved version of The House That Ruth Built – and more to the point, add his youthful star power to an organization charged with young talents in an effort to win the championship in the coming years.
Slot it between Luis Severino and Masahiro Tanaka at the top of the rotation, in fact, along with Sonny Gray, Jordan Montgomery and maybe CC Sabathia again, and the Yankees could have boasted the best, deepest throwing in all baseball.
In fact, his arrival would have made it seem more likely that they could take the next step toward a championship in 2018, after reaching Game 7 in the American League Championship Series this year.
Obviously, I knew it, too. Cashman made a presentation in front of the camera to Otani as he hung out of a building on Friday, while practicing his annual vacation rappel in Stamford, Connecticut, as a way to let him know how much the Yankees wanted him.  And they were already prepared for an elaborate in-person presentation, which they hoped to do this week.
Instead, Cashman will have to resort to Plan B, which means mainly adding more pitch. That probably makes it more likely that the Yankees will offer Sabathia a chance to return next season, although it's hard to see them offering more than a one-year contract.
Or they might be worried enough about Sabathia's age and well-documented knee injury that they decide to spend on a younger free-agent pitcher like Alex Cobb, a 30-year right who was one of the league's best pitchers American in the second half of last season for the Rays.
Even if Cobb costs $ 16 million- $ 17 million a year for four years, the Yankees can spend that kind of money and still get under the luxury tax threshold of $ 197 million next season, thanks to the $ 70 million dollars that come out of books in contracts that expire.
Or you could expect Chad Green to make a successful transition from his big year in the bullpen to a starting pitcher.
And they have more arms of power coming from the likes of Chance Adams, Justus Sheffield, Albert Abreu, Domingo German, and Domingo Acevedo.
In summary, losing Otani will not ruin the bright future that the Yankees are building in the Bronx.
However, the impact of the rejection could take a little longer.
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