3 big MLB franchises emerge as favorites for Shohei Ohtani’s next destination after LA

As per reports, these three teams have emerged as favorites to win the race for the Japanese star.

3 big MLB franchises emerge as favorites for Shohei Ohtani’s next destination after LA

[Shohei Ohtani. Pic Credit: The Guardian]

The star of Shohei Ohtani continues to rise high and shine bright as each day passes. The Japanese International is one of the most sensational players baseball has ever since. His name continues to grab headlines all around the world for his stunning performances on the baseball field. Recently his name has been surrounding around regarding his future team as he is to enter free agency next year. Three teams have emerged as favorites to land his signature.


The three teams that have mentioned above are the San Diego Padres, the Los Angeles Dodgers and the New York Mets. According to MLB executives, analysts and experts, Ohtani’s next contract could reach up a staggering figure of $524 millions. The Los Angeles Angles superstar is highly expected to become the highest paid player in baseball history.

In a survey conducted by ESPN, the range of Ohtani’s contract could be something between $500-$550 million. One executive also suggested a 11-year $605 million deal. This would seem him make around $48-$50 million throughout a year. This is also due to the fact of his natural two-way abilities. Some describe it as having two players in one.

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Shohei Ohtani is getting closer on the verge of greatness

[Shohei Ohtani pitching for the Angels. Pic Credit: The Brunswick News]

Ever since stepping foot in MLB, Ohtani has continued to impress. His performances has made his name being compared to the legendary Babe Ruth. His natural play style has been similar to “The Bambino“. Some have even said Ohtani is the reincarnation of the baseball great. Recently he matched an accomplishment of him.

In his thirteen strikeouts against the Saint Louis Cardinals, Ohtani reached his 500th career strikeout. This made him just the second player after Ruth to achieve 500 K’s as a pitcher and have 100 home-runs as batter. This achievement as made the New York Yankees as a favorite as well. Ohtani could literally follow the path of Babe Ruth and don the Yankee shirt.

Recently there was report that suggested a strange reason why the NY Mets could pull out of the deal. With the emergence of pitcher Kodai Senga, the Mets might not consider signing Ohtani. According to a report, Japanese players are said to be at discomfort while being teammates with their Japanese compatriots. This is due to the importance of seniority in Japanese hierarchical culture.

A move to the Dodgers could seem him join stay in Los Angeles but while wearing the blue of them. Dodgers owner Todd Boehly has never been shy to splash the cash if his team needs it. With Clayton Kershaw entering the twilight of his career, Ohtani could be a major replacement. As for the Padres, they already have a star-studded line-up but they will definetely not hold back if the chance comes their way. Ohtani can also make a major u-turn and continue with the Angels. Only time will tell what will happen.


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