Expert Predicts Dodgers Sign Shohei Ohtani to 11-Year Deal This Offseason

Free agency. Sometimes certain free agents overshadow the actual sport, and it could be no different this offseason. Anaheim Angels two-way superstar Shohei Ohtani is set to be a free agent after this season, and there is a ton of noise with your Los Angeles Dodgers landing the 28-year-old superstar.

The Dodgers are in a prime position to land the ace/slugger, and the Athletic’s MLB senior writer Jim Bowden believes LA will do just that come winter 2023.

Shohei Ohtani enters free agency and becomes the second half-a-billion-dollar player in MLB history as he secures an 11-year contract with the Dodgers.

via Jim Bowden, The Athletic

The race for Ohtani will be intense, as the New York Mets, New York Yankees, San Diego Padres, Texas Rangers, and other handful of teams will be in on Ohtani. According to Bookies, the Boys in Blue have the third-best odds to land the Japanese sensation at +450. In front of them are the two New York teams, with the Mets having the best odds at +300 and the Yankees with +350 odds.

Shohei to LA will certainly bring Shotime back to the city of Los Angeles. Ohtani will be the biggest star in the sports world in the entertainment capital of LA. If you think he gets talked about a lot as a member of the Halos, imagine him as a member of the Dodgers.

I see the Dodgers brass going all in on Shohei. LA had a relatively quiet offseason this past winter, but if the two-way star is on the market, they’ll do all they can to bring him in. Every Dodger fan will be hoping for Bowden’s prediction to come true. If LA manages to acquire Ohtani, Chavez Ravine will be the place to be for years to come.

It would be a ‘pinch me’ feeling if they could pull it off. What do you think, Dodger fans? Will the Dodgers be able to acquire Ohtani after this season?

Ricardo Sandoval

Born and Raised in the East side of Los Angeles. Ricardo is a staff writer at Dodgers Nation and on the LA Sports Report network of sites. He's also a lifelong Dodgers and Lakers fan. Ricardo is an alumnus of CSUN (Go Matadors).


  1. I don’t get this whole rumor thing. When have the Dodgers shown a willingness to shell out that kind of money for that long? Especially for a pitcher. If he’s not pitching – and 11 years is a long time for a pitcher – he’s a DH. I don’t see it.

  2. Dear Eight Pound, Six Ounce, Newborn Infant Jesus, don’t even know a word yet, just a little infant, so cuddly, but still omnipotent. Please provide a clear path for the Brinks truck for Ohtani come to LA. Dear Baby God, Amen.

  3. It will take more than just Ohtani. The Dodgers need a big jock shortstop and 3rd baseman. Too bad Fraudman allowed Machado to walk along with Seager and Turner!! Our infield could be Freeman at first, Turner at second, Seager at short, and Machado at third!! We had that and the brilliant Fraudman turned it into what it is today!!

  4. Of course Oh! will sign with the real LA franchise. Flying LA/Tokyo is much closer than from NYC; the Japanese fanbase is bigger, and closer from Japan for Japanese fans to fly in from Hawaii than to NYC; Dodger Stadium has more seats and greater attendance than either NY team; the Dodgers have cleared a lot of cap space and now occupy the fifth highest position in payroll. Ohtani likes the LA area, having lived close to Dodger Stadium for years. And LA has a better chance remaining perennial pennant winner than each of the underachieving NY teams. Ohtani in LA with $600 mill is a winning proposal to wed SoCal for another 11 years.

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