New York Mets might reconsider getting Shohei Ohtani for a mysterious complication

New York Mets are one of the favorites to land the signature of Shohei Ohtani. A mysterious complication might leave them thinking twice before spilling out the cash


New York Mets might reconsider getting Shohei Ohtani for a mysterious complication

[Shohei Ohtani playing for the Angels. Pic Credit: MLB]

Los Angeles Angels star Shohei Ohtani is one of the best players baseball has seen. His style of playing as a two-way player have not been seen much since the good old days of Babe Ruth. Ohtani who will become a free agent in 2024 will be wondering where his future lies. A recent report from Forbes said that Ohtani is set to earn an MLB-record $65 million throughout the 2023 season. Such a high deal may get his future suitors to think a too about his signature.

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As per various reports, the New York Mets and the Los Angeles Dodgers are favorites to sign the Japanese International. Billy Eppler, the current GM of the Mets was the one who signed Ohtani to the Angels when he was in charge. This development could play a major factor if Ohtani were to agree contract with the Mets.

However a mysterious complication might have the Mets rethinking about signing him. Mets’s recent signing of Kodai Senga could prove to be reason why Mets might not sign Ohtani at the first place. According to reports, Japanese players are not too comfortable being teammates with other fellow Japan compatriots. The importance of seniority among Japan’s heirarchical culture could pay dividend.

Ohtani has started this season where he left off the last one. After the opening day defeat at the hands of the Athletics in which he would get a no-decision, he recorded wins in both of his next starts. With a 0.47 ERA in 19 innings and 24 strikeouts he is as dominant on the pitch as he was previous year. While batting he has a .295 average with 3 home-runs and 8 RBIs to his name.

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Is a move on the cards for Shohei Ohtani?

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[Shohei Ohtani batting for the Angels. Pic Credit: CNN]

The New York Mets have not been shy to flex their financial power on the market. Despite the spending, the Mets are yet to achieve another World Series ring. They last one it all in 1986 where they defeated the Boston Red Sox 4-3 in the best-of-seven series. They would go on to finish as runners-up in 2015 when they lost to the Kansas City Royals.

Could Ohtani be the final piece of jigsaw in their bid for the World Series crown? Well, they are still one of the favorites to go all the way this year, but they will have to be careful to avoid slipping up like last season. They were leading the National East standing for a long time but slipped up right at the end and finished with a 101-61 record. They were tied with the Atalanta Braves but had to settle for second place due to their inferior Head to Head record.

The Mets had to settle for a place in the Wild Card round and were eliminated in the three-game series by the San Diego Padres. Ever since the introduction of the division series in 1995, this marked the first time a team had go on to win more than 100 games and still fail to make it through. Shohei Ohtani would certainly like the idea of playing for the Mets and the Angles could be the reason for it.

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Despite the performances of Ohtani, the Angles once again failed to make it through to the postseason. They finished with a 73-89 records last year. Time might be running out of the Angels’ hand at this rate if they were to keep their superstar player happy and agree on a contract next year. The Angels, however, have started out well this year. They are currently second in the AL West standings with a 7-6 record, one game behind the Texas Rangers.

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