The Los Angeles Dodgers won the biggest free-agent sweepstakes in sports history. No matter what happens next, they have won. Two-way superstar Shohei Ohtani is a Dodger. A moment fans have waited for is finally reality.
The Dodgers have signed the free agent they have coveted for years, but their work is not done. There are still plenty of great players in free agency up for grabs, including the best pitcher to emerge from Japan – at least this year, if not ever – in Yoshinobu Yamamoto.
Although the Dodgers have already paid a hefty sum for one free agent, that might not keep them from paying a high price for another. According to Jon Heyman of the New York Post, Los Angeles is still interested and, more importantly, can still afford the skills of Yamamoto.
To think the Dodgers have a chance to get another elite talent via free agency is a welcome surprise, considering the heft of Ohtani’s contract. Although the two New York teams might be leading the bidding war according to Heyman, it’s tough to count out the Dodgers.
The Dodgers desperately need starting pitching, and there is no one better than Yamamoto. With Ohtani finally announcing his decision, the flood gates of free agency should be burst open. Expect many of the top free agents to come off the board in the next few weeks — and expect the Dodgers to be very active in trying to fill their needs.
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