Dec 3 (The Sports Xchange) - Shohei Ohtani is regarded as the "Babe Ruth of Japan" but he will not playing for the New York Yankees.
Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Sunday night that the agents for Ohtani told him the two-way star is not signing with New York.
The Yankees were not the only team to learn they would not be in the running for Ohtani.
According to the Boston Globe, the Boston Red Sox were informed they were eliminated from the bidding. Other media reports indicated that the Toronto Blue Jays, Pittsburgh Pirates, Minnesota Twins, Milwaukee Brewers and New York Mets are out of the sweepstakes.
Cashman told reporters that Ohtani seems to prefer West Coast teams and smaller markets.
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A World Series championship celebration may have come at a cost for Dallas Keuchel.
The 29-year-old Houston Astros ace has suffered a "minor (left) foot sprain" and is in a walking boot, reportedly the result of an injury he sustained during the team's World Series title parade last month.
Keuchel told TMZ he slipped during the celebration. The Chronicle reports Keuchel is expected to be ready for spring training in the middle of February.
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The San Diego Padres signed general manager A.J. Preller to a three-year contract extension through the 2022 season, the team announced Sunday.
Preller was originally named GM of the Padres on Aug. 6, 2014.
Preller was instrumental in trades which yielded players such as first baseman Wil Myers, center fielder Manuel Margot and second baseman Carlos Asuaje, as well as adding top prospects to the farm system. He also spearheaded a flurry of international signings over the last two years.