Robert M. Pimpsner
I also thought it was strange. However, given that wherever he signs, his initial earning potential is capped, I understand it. I’m sure it probably bristled some feathers within the Yankee organization though.
Since we’re on the topic, does anyone know, do you HAVE to have a DH in the AL? If Ohtani were to pitch in a game, does someone HAVE to hit for him, or can he hit for himself, since he can hit?