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The San Francisco Giants Aren’t Out on Shohei Ohtani

By Jake Mastroianni
TOKYO, JAPAN - NOVEMBER 13: Pinch hitter Shohei Ohtani #16 of Japan hits a double, which is stuck on ceiling of the stadium, in the seventh inning during the international friendly match between Netherlands and Japan at the Tokyo Dome on November 13, 2016 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Masterpress/Getty Images)
TOKYO, JAPAN - NOVEMBER 13: Pinch hitter Shohei Ohtani #16 of Japan hits a double, which is stuck on ceiling of the stadium, in the seventh inning during the international friendly match between Netherlands and Japan at the Tokyo Dome on November 13, 2016 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Masterpress/Getty Images) /
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There hasn’t been much talk about the San Francisco Giants and Shohei Ohtani lately, but there is still a good chance he could end up in San Francisco.

Apparently it’s not about the money for the two-way player, but in the end it’s always about the money.

Sure, Ohtani would love to play for a team that allows him to hit and pitch, but every team is going to “say” they’ll let him do that in order to sign him.

According to a tweet by Jon Heyman, the Giants have $1.8 million they can throw at Ohtani, which is the fifth most among all teams.

The only other big market team on that list is the New York Yankees.

So all the Giants have to do is convince Ohtani that San Francisco is better than New York — that shouldn’t be too difficult.

But in all seriousness, they need to show Ohtani that the Giants are willing to do whatever it takes to win.

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It would be great if the Giants could get a deal for Giancarlo Stanton done before Ohtani is posted on Friday. That’s not likely to happen, but at least prove to him that we’re willing to make any move to win a World Series.

Every player is about winning and making money. We can certainly give him the money — or at least the fifth most of any team — we just have to convince him we can win.

But it’s not like the Giants have no shot at Ohtani. In fact, by sending a letter to all 30 team for them to fill out, it sounds like everyone has a chance.

But in the end, we know it will come down to who can give the most money, let him play both ways, and win.

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If the Giants can prove and give those things to Ohtani, then there is a good chance we fill a bullpen spot and add power to the lineup in one move.

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