It’s no secret that the Los Angeles Dodgers have been planning an all-out aggressive plan to land Angels two-way superstar Shohei Ohtani this offseason. Ohtani is scheduled to be a free agent this winter, and LA has long been a favorite to sign his services.
The Dodgers have shed payroll and let players walk in previous years to preserve cap space for Ohtani. This has been in the works for some time as LA has a lot to offer the modern-day Babe Ruth.
However, President of Baseball Operations Andrew Friedman doesn’t seem to have any idea what Ohtani is going to do this winter. This is normal, especially because Ohtani is with another organization. Friedman spoke with MLB insiders on the topic and was careful to not tamper at all.
You can hear Friedman’s comments below!
Of course, this interview took place prior to the news of Ohtani suffering a torn UCL. He will now no longer be pitching the rest of the season, but depending on the severity, could still hit this season.
The hope is that he won’t need Tommy John Surgery like the last time that he suffered this injury in 2018. It remains to be seen how this injury will change things for him this offseason.
Ohtani was scheduled to be the first $500 million man in baseball, but this injury could change things. He was going to be paid heavily for his two-way abilities, but another injury could scare off some teams from offering him that much.
As long as he is healthy and projected to be okay, the Dodgers will likely still go after him heavily. They just may be able to get him for a little cheaper than they ever believed they could.
This will be something to watch over the next few months to see how it all plays out. Injuries are an unfortunate part of sports and Ohtani has dealt with a few over his career.
The hope is that he can get through this without surgery and get back out there sooner rather than later. However, with the Angels essentially out of the playoff picture, it could make sense to shut him down. This would likely be beneficial to his future and with his free agency coming down the pipeline, it makes a ton of sense.
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