UPDATE (9 a.m.): Ken Rosenthal reports the field is set on Ohtani, adding no teams from the original seven finalists. The Phillies are out. Fun while it lasted!
Yesterday a flurry of reports revealed which teams were in, and which were out, on the Shohei Ohtani sweepstakes.
Currently much of baseball has reported its place. Ohtani seems to prefer playing out west; teams still in the running include Seattle, San Francisco, San Diego and the two Los Angeles clubs, plus Texas and the Cubs.
Teams out include, among others, the Red Sox and Yankees. The New York media took it poorly.
As for the Phillies?
Well, we don’t know yet.
Currently the Phils stand in the same column as the Orioles, Marlins, Reds, Indians, Astros and Rockies – the unknown column. It’s a fun place to be for now, since it holds the prospect that we might be a finalist. One tweet signified there may be no other east coast teams in the running, but that’s one tweet that felt mostly like speculation.
Anyway, here’s to being in purgatory!