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Shohei Ohtani may not be destined for New York, while Juan Soto looks increasingly likely to end up in the Bronx in 2024.
The New York Post's Jon Heyman reported Tuesday that Ohtani can't envision himself in the Big Apple, which is more or less what he told the Yankees six years ago when he first came over from Japan to sign with the Los Angeles Angels.
Although his free-agency tour has been largely shrouded in mystery, Ohtani, who is rumored to be attracting offers exceeding $500 million, has reportedly met with representatives from the Chicago Cubs and Toronto Blue Jays. However, Heyman is reporting that the two-way sensation feels at home in southern California, which may bolster the chances he'll stay in Anaheim with the Angels or sign with the LA Dodgers.
One player who appears to be on his way out of southern California is Soto, the San Diego Padres slugger, who has reportedly become the Yankees' top target this offseason.
Speaking with reporters at the winter meetings in Nashville, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman didn't bother hiding his affinity for Soto.
Shohei Ohtani (left) may not be destined for New York, but Juan Soto (right) looks Bronx bound