I'm following this, I know the Yankees.
I think we have a real shot.Here's why:
1.Ohtani is a young man who does not subscribe to conventional thinking:not in the way he plays -- wanting to swing both ways (arf), and in leaving Japan before it was financially advantageous.Like, he's different.
2.New York has very high expectations, huge, with media overkill and constant buzz, if not CRAZY pressure to perform.So, here's this 23-year-old kid trying to do something that hasn't been done in the modern era.Is New York really the right place for this?The pressure, the need for success -- not just on him, but the new manager, Cashman, the Steinbrenners.Bad scene, it really is for Ohtani.
3.And, who is the new manager in New York?Really?Going to negotiate and sign a world-class Japanese two-way player and you don't have a manager right now?It is what it is, but, that does not impress.
4.Minnesota, for all its little warts, needs a DH and an Ace pitcher, just so happens.If I am that kid, I say:"They're young, they're rising, they need me, I have opportunity to establish myself in two-way credentials."Bad English, comme ci, comme ca, but, I think Ohtani wants the right fit, in a myriad of ways.
5.Price is not a factor.This kid wants success, he wants to play baseball.He understands that at 23, that's what matters.Make your fate in the world's great game, and you will eclipse the sun and live happily ever after.Play it safe and be a decent pitcher for the Yankees and you will live forever wondering, "what if"...
Twins got a chance here.I consider them the favorites, after Mariners.