Kirby Lee - USA Today Sports
Kirby Lee - USA Today Sports

Report: Cubs still in lead group for Shohei Ohtani, three teams out of the bidding

by - Senior Editor -

The winner of the Shohei Ohtani sweepstakes should be in for a wild ride, as he is truly a global superstar with his majestic homers and pitching prowess.

ESPN's Jeff Passan has the latest on his free agency as a few teams have bowed out of the bidding process.

"It would be foolish to count out any high-revenue team, though by now the field for Ohtani's services has winnowed, sources said," Passan said in his latest Insider article ($). "The Texas Rangers, Boston Red Sox, and New York Mets, who were among the initial group of suitors, have turned their attention to other players, sources said.

The Cubs are still in the mix for Ohtani.

"Among those confirmed by sources to be still in the bidding: the Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago Cubs, Toronto Blue Jays and Angels. The San Francisco Giants have long had a fondness for Ohtani, though where they stand in these sweepstakes is unknown."

Ohtani hit .304 with 44 homers, 95 RBIs, and an MLB-best 1.066 OPS in 135 games in 2023.

He also had a 3.14 ERA and 1.06 WHIP in 23 starts this past season.

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