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Shohei Ohtani Rumors: Latest From Insider Bodes Well for Dodgers Pursuit of All-Star

Angels superstar Shohei Ohtani is heading into his last season in Anaheim before free agency, and the rumor mill is already hard at work thinking about Ohtani’s market ten months from now. One of the possible reasons floated for the Dodgers trying to get under the luxury tax this year is so they’ll have more money lying around to pursue Ohtani next year.

Over at USA Today, MLB insider Bob Nightengale has some thoughts on where Ohtani might end up, and his thoughts seem positive for Los Angeles.

Those close to Shohei Ohtani predict he’ll stay out West when he becomes a free agent simply because of his lifestyle. He rarely ventures out, his friends say, and thoroughly enjoys his privacy.

When he was a free agent coming out of Japan in 2017, he narrowed his choices to seven teams: The Angels, Padres, Dodgers, Mariners, Giants, Rangers and Cubs. The Cubs were the lone finalist not in the NL West or AL West.

While Ohtani’s thinking five years ago has some bearing on his upcoming decision, the big difference between then and now is that teams were subject to the international signing bonus system. That meant teams weren’t able to offer even Ohtani’s fair value, let alone setting themselves apart with a monstrous offer. Last time around, it really was all about where Ohtani wanted to play.

This time, there’s real money involved. Sure, Ohtani chose to stay west when everyone was offering about the same amount; if Mets owner Steve Cohen backs up the money truck, is Shohei really going to turn it down because he wants to stay in the west?

To be clear, that’s not a rhetorical question. Ohtani has proven to be different from any player we’ve ever seen on the field, and he very well could be different off the field, too. He’ll get big offers from teams all over the country. There’s no guarantee the Mets or another eastern team will make the biggest offer, and there’s no guarantee Ohtani will prioritize money over everything else even if they do.

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Jeff Snider

Jeff was born into a Dodgers family in Southern California and is now raising a Dodgers family of his own in Utah. During his previous career as an executive at a technology company, he began writing about baseball in his spare time. After leaving corporate America in 2014, he started doing it professionally. Jeff wrote and edited for Baseball Essential for years before joining Dodgers Nation. He's also the co-host of the Locked On Dodgers podcast, a daily podcast that brings the smart fan's perspective on our Boys in Blue. Jeff has a degree in English from Brigham Young University. Favorite Player: Clayton Kershaw Favorite Moment: Kirk Gibson's homer will always have a place, but Kershaw's homer on Opening Day 2013 might be the winner.


  1. Well if Friedman and Guggenheim don’t make any major moves this year and they don’t win it all then the pressure to sign Ohtani will be huge. The would love to see that pressure put on this organization.

  2. It hasn’t gotten much if any chatter, but if the Angels are out of the playoff running then look for them to attempt to trade Ohtani for practically an entire team that would be playoff ready in 2024. This is where the Dodgers could pick him up in exchange for their top five or ten prospects, and then work towards an extended contract of historical proportion. There would be no competition to deal with during the time they had him locked up in the latter months of 2023.

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