The playoffs are right around the corner and the Los Angeles Dodgers are sure to at least be contenders for a World Series title.
Ohtani was up to his usual herculean feats in Anaheim this season and he’s a near certainty to grab his second AL Most Valuable Player Award.
But the two-way phenom tore his UCL earlier this season, putting his pitching exploits for 2024 on ice — he won’t pitch again until at least 2025 — and making his free agent future uncertain.
But the Dodgers will be players for Ohtani nonetheless, and they may not have to beat out many competitors to earn his coveted signature, MLB insider Ken Rosenthal said on the Foul Territory Show.
“We don’t know the surgery he had because his agent won’t reveal it. This is a big secret, whatever. Where do we think Ohtani will go? The Dodgers have been the favorite for a long time, or at least a team we thought would definitely be in the mix. I do not rule out the Mets. I cannot see Steve Cohen simply passing on Shohei Ohtani. And I would also include the Giants, the Rangers, yes the Rangers. And the Mariners as at least possibilities. I still think it comes down to LA vs. New York. Dodgers vs. the Mets. The Yankees? I don’t see them doing this.”Ken Rosenthal via the Foul Territory Show
The value Ohtani can get in free agency is in question given his UCL tear, but there’s no denying the impact he can have at the plate.
He has an MLB-leading 1.066 OPS to go along with 44 home runs and 95 RBI across just 135 games this season, and is one of the most feared hitters in the sport regardless of his pitching exploits.
And, when healthy, he can be a frontline starter for any MLB team. Even though he won’t be on the mound again until 2025, the potential of him being able to return to that caliber is certainly an intriguing aspect when it comes to him.
Ultimately, every team should at least be considering an offer for a talent like Ohtani, even if they can’t measure up to the competition.
The Dodgers can and should be one of those true contenders for Ohtani, and the odds of him landing in Dodger blue for the foreseeable future look to be significant, especially if the only true competitor in a bidding war turns out to be a New York Mets team that’s languishing in mediocrity.
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