As Stanton Watch continues, there is reportedly more offseason news to get Giants fans on the edge of their seats.
The Giants are reportedly finalists for meetings with free agent Shohei Ohtani, the two-way star out of Japan. Jeff Pasan of Yahoo Sports was first to report the news.
Sources: Shohei Ohtani continues to narrow the field for his meetings next week. The New York Yankees are out. The San Francisco Giants are one of the finalists. The Seattle Mariners also are in.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) December 3, 2017
Ohtani, 23, is an ace on the mound who can throw 100 miler per hour and a power hitter who bats from the left side and is a right-hander on the hill. Standing at 6-foot-3, Ohtani hit .332 with eight home runs in 65 games in 2017 for the Nippon Ham Fighters. Over five years as a professional, Ohtani has hit 48 home runs, including 22 in 2016.
On the mound, Ohtani made five starts in 2017 and went 3-2 with a 3.20 ERA. He is 42-15 with a 2.52 ERA and 624 strikeouts in his career as a pitcher.
Bruce Bochy said the following to Insider Alex Pavlovic Friday on Ohtani:
This guy is special. I see him as somebody who could be a starter and it’s possible you’re also looking at 300 or 400 at-bats. It’s going to make it a little easier next year with our days off, looking at the new schedule, to where he could play even more because he’ll get that additional rest. That’ll make it easier, too.
He’s got a great swing. We all know he has a great arm and he’s got the equipment to be a No. 1 starter, but the overall athleticism is what’s so impressive with this guy. He’s got a great arm but he runs well and he’s a good outfielder with a nice swing. He’s got plus power and great plate discipline. You can tell it’s a swing he’s worked hard on. It’s a beautiful swing.
Along with the Giants and Mariners, the Padres, Dodgers, Cubs, Rangers, and Angels are reportedly also finalists.
The Padres are still in the running for Shohei Ohtani, as @JonHeyman said.— Dennis Lin (@dennistlin) December 4, 2017
sources: dodgers are believed to remain alive in ohtani hunt (unconfirmed). however, word is they are not necessarily seen as a favorite.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) December 4, 2017
Multiple sources believe the Los Angeles Angels remain in the running for Shohei Ohtani.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) December 4, 2017
The Yankees, Red Sox, Twins, A's, Mets, Blue Jays, Pirates, Brewers, D'backs, Braves, Rays, Nationals, and White Sox are all reportedly out on the Ohtani sweepstakes.
Ohtani has told #yankees they won’t sign with them, Cashman says— Brendan Kuty (@BrendanKutyNJ) December 3, 2017
The Red Sox also are out on Ohtani. Dave Dombrowski said they were informed this afternoon.— Pete Abraham (@PeteAbe) December 3, 2017
sources: the twins are out on the ohtani derby, too.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) December 3, 2017
Per source, #Athletics also out on Ohtani, so not every west-coast team is in mix.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 3, 2017
the #Mets also were told they are out on Ohtani, the Post has learned.— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) December 3, 2017
The Blue Jays were informed they are not a finalist for Ohtani. GM Ross Atkins: “We felt confident about our presentation and we were given feedback by Shohei Ohtani’s representation that we controlled everything within our power.”— Mark Feinsand (@Feinsand) December 4, 2017
Source: Pirates did not make the short list to meet with Shohei Ohtani. They’re out.— Adam Berry (@adamdberry) December 4, 2017
The #Brewers have been informed they will not move to second round with Japanese free agent Shohei Ohtani.— Tom (@Haudricourt) December 4, 2017
To no one's surprise, the #Braves are out on Shohei Otani. The #Pirates are out even though they had the fourth biggest bonus pool at $2,266,750. While the #Rays are also out, they do have Brendan McKay in the pipeline. He's Louisville's Babe Ruth.— Jerry Crasnick (@jcrasnick) December 4, 2017
The Nationals have been told they are out of the running for Shohei Ohtani, according to a person familiar. No surprise there.— Chelsea Janes (@chelsea_janes) December 4, 2017
The Chicago #WhiteSox are also out on Ohtani— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) December 4, 2017
Ohtani can negotiate with MLB clubs until 11:59 p.m. on Dec. 22.