The worst-kept secret in all of baseball is that the Dodgers will be aggressively going after free agent Shohei Ohtani this offseason. The team has been preparing for this moment, and now is their chance to land the best player in the game today.
Many have believed that LA is the frontrunner for his services, and that was all but confirmed at the GM meetings. The majority of executives think that Ohtani takes a trip up the freeway to join the Dodgers this winter.
“Unsurprisingly, the Dodgers were the overwhelming choice among executives: 10 of the 14 decision-makers who participated said they believe the Angels superstar will wind up heading 30 miles north on the I-5.”Per Mark Feinsand of MLB.com
Ohtani has been linked to the Dodgers for some time now, and most people in the industry believe that is where he will end up signing. It’s been a common theme for a long time, and the thought remains even while he is on the open market.
If Ohtani does sign with the Dodgers, it would be the biggest signing in the Andrew Friedman era. He has been wanting Ohtani since the superstar was in high school, so this would culminate his attempts to land him.
“Like everybody else, I think he ends up staying in Los Angeles, but with the other team there,” one National League executive said. “When the Dodgers have an infatuation with a guy and they’ve made moves that seem like they do, they always get their guy. I would be surprised if that’s not where he ends up.”Per MLB.com
Ohtani would provide the Dodgers with some true star power, and both production on and off the field. His marketability is on insane levels, and the two-way superstar could maximize it even more by playing in Los Angeles with the Dodgers.
Nothing is guaranteed, and Ohtani has shocked the baseball world before, but everything is pointing to this paring. He would get to essentially stay in the same place that he has become comfortable in, but just gets to upgrade the franchise he plays for.
Ohtani and the Dodgers would make a great pairing, and the hope is that they can convince him to sign with them this winter. Fans are somewhat expecting this to happen at this point, so the front office needs to deliver.
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