Shohei Ohtani (29-LA Angels) will wear a different uniform next year, and it’s causing a stir in the US.
Ohtani is eligible for free agency after this season. There are speculations that he will set a record for the first $500 million (647 billion won) in free agency. Ohtani’s teammate Mike Trout, 32, who signed a 12-year, $426.5 million contract with the Angels, the largest in Major League Baseball history, also believes that Ohtani could command not only $500 million but also $600 million. With such an astronomical price tag, there are only a handful of teams with the deep pockets to land Ohtani.
In the U.S., the season hasn’t even ended yet, and there’s a lot of talk about where Ohtani will be next year.
According to Japan Full Count, Jim Alexander of the Los Angeles-based Orange County Register reported that “the battle for Ohtani has gotten serious.”
“The Angels will need a lot of money to get him, but they’ll also need a plan to get to the postseason,” Alexander said.
On the other hand, many observers believe that the Los Angeles Dodgers are the favorites. That’s because the Dodgers haven’t opened their wallets much this offseason. They locked up internal free agent Clayton Kershaw for $20 million and brought in Noah Syndergaard (one year, $13 million), J.D. Martinez (one year, $10 million), and Shelby Miller (one year, $1.5 million) from the outside. None of the major internal free agents – Trey Turner, Justin Turner, Tyler Anderson, and Andrew Heaney – were picked up. This has led to speculation that the Dodgers tightened their belts to land Ohtani. 토토사이트
“In addition to the Dodgers, the New York Yankees, New York Mets and San Diego Padres will almost certainly make offers, as will the San Francisco Giants and Philadelphia Phillies. There may be one or two other unexpected teams,” he said.
“He’s arguably the best player in the world. He’ll want to get the paycheck he deserves. It will be interesting to see if Angels owner Ate Moreno can keep him in Anaheim.”
Ohtani has had an incredible season. On the mound, he is 6-2 with a 3.29 ERA in 14 games and 82 innings pitched. He’s also struck out 105 batters and has a phenomenal .178 batting average.
His batting stats are even more impressive. He’s batting .292 with 24 home runs, 58 RBIs, 10 doubles, and a .993 OPS. He leads the majors in home runs and is tied for the league lead in RBIs.