We are currently in the midst of the Shohei Ohtani winter, and where he will sign has been the talk of baseball. Nobody really knows what he wants or where Ohtani will go, other than his priority to win at a high level going forward.
There has been speculation, but it still remains a mystery. However, the Dodgers are seen by most as the favorites to land the two-way superstar due to their financial muscle and ability to field a winning team consistently. But other teams aren’t going to go down without a fight, and LA may have a battle on their hands.
It is being reported that the Chicago Cubs are very serious about making a push to land Ohtani. The Cubs were on his shortlist, along with the Dodgers, when he first joined the MLB years ago.
The Dodgers always knew that they wouldn’t be the only team vying for his services, so they likely prepared themselves for this scenario. They have wanted Ohtani in Dodger Blue for a long time now, and this is their second chance at making it happen.
LA will need to give him a fair deal that is financially worth his value, and most expect it to exceed $500 million. But it has also been reported that Ohtani values the potential of winning over money, which is something LA can offer more so than other teams.
If the Dodgers were to land him, it would be the biggest get in the Andrew Friedman era, if not in Dodgers franchise history. He is a generational talent, and unlike anything we have ever seen before in baseball.
Ohtani would generate millions of dollars for the team both on and off the field, which is a big factor for any team that is interested in signing him. Hopefully, the Dodgers are able to pull off signing him, and if they do, LA fans may build Friedman a statue outside of Dodger Stadium.
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