Coveted Japanese two-way star Shohei Ohtani met Tuesday with representatives of the Texas Rangers, the Seattle Mariners and the Chicago Cubs in Los Angeles, according to U.S. media.
The meetings followed talks Monday between the 23-year-old slugging ace pitcher and the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Los Angeles Angels and the San Francisco Giants, ESPN reported.
The Rangers sent an eight-man contingent including co-owner Ray Davis, general manager Jon Daniels and manager Jeff Banister to make their case to Ohtani at his agent's office in Los Angeles in the afternoon, the Forth Worth Star-Telegram reported.
Their presentation reportedly emphasized the club's success in integrating another Japanese star, pitcher Yu Darvish, who was traded to the Dodgers last season.
The Mariners, rumored to be the front-runners to sign Ohtani, met with him in the morning, according to multiple reports.
The National League champion Dodgers currently have one Japanese pitcher, Kenta Maeda, on their roster, while right-handed starter Darvish may re-sign as a free agent this winter.
Dodgers' manager David Roberts, who was born in Okinawa and whose mother is Japanese, is said to have a good understanding of Japanese players and is seen as an asset in the club's pursuit of Ohtani.
The San Diego Padres, the remaining club among the seven believed to have a shot at landing Ohtani, are also expected to meet with him, ESPN reported.