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Dodgers Rumors: Writer Predicts Shohei Ohtani Signs With LA This Offseason

With the Dodgers’ counterpart in the Freeway Series poised to miss another postseason this season, the Angels stand to lose one of the game’s best we’ve ever seen to Los Angeles in the winter.

Given Shohei Ohtani’s historic numbers and the failure to make a single postseason during his entire Angels’ tenure, at least one writer predicts that the Dodgers will poach the Japanese superstar to Chavez Ravine.

Of the small handful of teams that can hypothetically do a deal like that, none is in better position to actually do it than the Dodgers. Their payroll commitments are about to be more than cut in half, which is to say nothing of their ability to scratch Ohtani’s worsening itch to win and the mutual admiration between himself and Mookie Betts.

via Zachary D. Rymer, Bleacher Report

It’d be a monumental signing for the Dodgers as they’ve had their way with international superstars in the past.

Hyun-Jin Ryu, Hideo Nomo, Yasiel Puig and current starter Julio Urias have all been hits from both the Latin American and Asian international signing market for the Boys in Blue.

However in Ohtani, there has never been the talent of an ace-level pitcher while simultaneously being the scariest bat in a team’s lineup on a nightly basis.

With the Angels continuing to lose games, the Halos’ risk to buy at the deadline and appease their superstar just has not worked in the slightest.

Meanwhile just up the freeway, the Dodgers completed another series victory against their rival San Diego Padres, taking three of four in a dash to the latter team’s own postseason dreams.

Sitting at first place in the NL West, Los Angeles always consistently competes for a divisional crown and at least one playoff series per season.

Such a concept is foreign to Ohtani and for a player of his caliber, winning a World Series should definitely matter especially after Team Japan defeated good friend Mookie Betts and Team USA in this spring’s World Baseball Classic.

In Los Angeles, Ohtani would be able to not only compete for hardware in MLB, but continue stacking his legacy as one of the greatest the game of baseball has ever seen.

Photo Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

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