The Pirates reportedly are not among the finalists for Japanese star Shohei Ohtani:
Source: Pirates did not make the short list to meet with Shohei Ohtani. They’re out.— Adam Berry (@adamdberry) December 4, 2017
The reporting on Ohtani, summarized at MLBTR, is that he prefers a small market on the west coast. The big markets are mostly out, although not the Cubs so far. The favorites appear to be the Mariners and Giants.