Giants GM shares details of Shohei Ohtani meeting

The Cubs haven’t spoken publicly about Shohei Ohtani, but one of the six other teams competing for the Japanese pitching-outfield standout’s services shared some details Wednesday about their talks.

Giants general manager Bobby Evans told the San Francisco Chronicle that Ohtani, through an interpreter, was impressed by the “great aura’’ All-Star catcher Buster Posey displayed during their visit Monday. Evans also said Ohtani, 23, had “good, light-hearted exchanges” with manager Bruce Bochy.

“He’s clearly very thoughtful and taking this process very seriously and stepping up to make a big decision at a very young age,” Evans told the Chronicle.

Multiple reports stated that Ohtani completed a round of interviews in Southern California this week with the Cubs, Giants, Rangers, Padres, Angels, Dodgers and Mariners. Evans was forthcoming, to an extent, about Ohtani’s familiarity with Posey.

“Just Buster’s presence,” Evans said. “The fact Ohtani saw him play on TV and in the World Series, and there he is getting a chance to meet him. It was a very humble statement to make, but this kid is very humble and thoughtful.”

Evans said the Giants are prepared to pitch Ohtani once a week, a similar schedule to how he was used in Japan. Cubs manager Joe Maddon has spoken about the trend toward a six-man rotation dating to August 2016, and the Cubs undoubtedly would employ a similar alignment if Ohtani signs with them.

The Cubs, Giants, Padres and Dodgers play in the National League, which doesn’t use the designated hitter. Evans envisions Ohtani playing the outfield and described him as “very athletic with good foot speed.”

Evans went as far as to say the 6-foot-4, 200-pound Ohtani possesses the skills to play all three outfield positions.

“It’s a matter of what’s best for him,” Evans said.

“We scouted him back when he was 18 years old. He was drafted, signed and developed as a player. He’s become a man, a very impressive young man with a great presence.”

The quick pace of Ohtani’s recruiting schedule since his Japanese team, the Nippon Ham Fighters, posted him Friday suggests he will make a decision well before his Dec. 22 deadline — perhaps during the winter meetings that start Sunday and conclude Dec. 14 in Orlando, Fla.

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