With the deadline to offer a qualifying offer reaching its conclusion, the Angels made one last ditch effort to persuade the star to remain with them for another year. This would have seen the team being able to trade him to others. The LA side is now expected to lose their superstar for absolutely free after he turned down their $20.35 million offer.
The Angels will now receive a draft pick compensation. The decision to allow Ohtani to leave for free has left many fans and experts stunned by the decision. Many claimed that last season’s trade deadline was perhaps the best time to get something much more better in return than losing him for free.
Meanwhile, the race for the signature of the Japanese star has begun. With him likely to win the American League MVP award again, his estimated $500 million contract could rise even further.
Chicago Cubs and LA Dodgers battling out for Shohei Ohtani
The race among teams to land Shohei Ohtani has begun. While it might take a few months before an actual decision is made, there are several contenders for his signature. Two of the frontrunners of this race are now reported to be the Los Angeles Dodgers and Chicago Cubs.
While the name of the LA Dodgers is expected to be there, the name of the Cubs has taken some by surprise. The team recently saw Cody Bellinger deny their qualifying offer and are likely to lose him. To replace him, the team is expected to go all out and try to acquire the two-way player.
One thing that could lower the price of his deal is his recent injury. Ohtani suffered an injury to his elbow and had to cut his season short. Whether he will pitch again has also been the question that has been ringing bells in the ears of some.
In 135 games this season, he managed to smash 44 home runs while collecting 95 RBIs to his name. On the mound, he once again demonstrated his exceptional skills, picking up 167 strikeouts with a 10-5 record for the season. Any team that will acquire him would surely be one of the favorites to win the whole thing next season.
Vinay Dave is a Content Writer and Editor of US Sports at FirstSportz. He currently crafts topics going on the diamonds of Major League Baseball (MLB), the icy arenas of National Hockey League (NHL) and the greens of Golf.
A journalism graduate from Mumbai, Vinay can spotted passionately supporting Manchester City, watching some action-packed anime or singing along to the melodies of Kishore Kumar, Mohammed Rafi and Freddie Mercury in his free time.
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