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BREAKING NEWS: Shohei Ohtani Turns Down Yankees

The ‘Babe Ruth of Japan’ will not be wearing pinstripes like his nickname-sake. MuscleSport Media has learned that the representatives for Shohei Ohtani have informed New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman that he will not sign with them now that the 23-year-old Japanese star has officially been posted on Friday and is a free agent.

Teams have been salivating over the two-way player who can throw a 100-mph fastball and also hit one 500 feet and Ohtani’s reps sent out a questionnaire to all 30 teams. Then today, they narrowed the selection process down to a few teams for an in-person presentation and the Yankees were not amongst them. Reportedly, Ohtani is leaning towards a west coast team and one that is not as big a market as New York.

Cashman has been trying to woo Ohtani and made it official during his annual building climb.

“New York’s been waiting for this,” Cashman said on FOX 5 News two days ago about Ohtani. “This is a great stage for all the great players in the world to play on. I hope you’re listening, we’re saying it loud — from the top of buildings — that we’re interested.”

It was all for naught and the Bombers rocky offseason continues. They parted ways with Joe Girardi, a move that raised eyebrows around the league since the former Yankee player had done an excellent job all around and especially this past season, when he was able to reach the ALCS with a team that was built to make the postseason next year. After a long and drawn out interview process to fill the now-vacant manager spot (which did not include many candidates, mind you, none of the stellar variety), they recently named Aaron Boone as Girardi’s replacement.

It was thought that bench coach Rob Thomson would receive the promotion and it has been speculated that money may have been an issue. Thompson ended up accepting the bench coach job with the Philadelphia Phillies, an odd parallel move from a World Series contender to a rebuilding club.

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