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Some MLB front offices involved in the sweepstakes to sign Japanese superstar Shohei Ohtani are reportedly “suspicious” a decision was made before the recruitment process was completed.

On Wednesday, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic used the term “eyewash,” a baseball phrase for a lack of sincere effort, to describe how certain teams view the Ohtani free-agent derby.

Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reported earlier Wednesday the dual-threat sensation, a starting pitcher and outfielder, finished meeting with the seven finalists. Those teams included the Texas Rangers, Seattle Mariners, Los Angeles Angels, Chicago Cubs, Los Angeles Dodgers, San Francisco Giants and San Diego Padres.

The Rangers ($3.535 million), Mariners ($2.557 million) and Angels ($2.315 million) have the most international slot money available from that group, per Manny Randhawa of

Ohtani has until Dec. 22 to make a decision. It’s unclear whether he plans to announce his choice before that now that the teams’ sales pitches have been made.

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