Shohei Otani’s decision is imminent. There is news that the contract will be signed within one day at the earliest.
American ‘MLB Network’ reporter John Moroshi reported on the 8th (Korean time), “Shohei Ohtani’s decision is imminent. It will probably be decided sometime today.”
He added, “The Toronto Blue Jays are the team that advanced to the finals based on Ohtani’s selection.”
This means that Otani has finally made a decision. The potential candidates for the Otani contest have been narrowing down over the past few days. The most likely candidates are the LA Dodgers, Toronto Blue Jays, and the original team, the LA Angels.
The most advanced candidate is definitely the Dodgers. It is based in the western region favored by Asian players, especially California. Ohtani is familiar with LA because he played for the Angels. There is no need to worry much about adapting to the environment.
And the Dodgers, along with the New York Yankees, are the ‘top two’ major league teams. It is a ‘big market’ with a large fandom and large investments. In particular, Ohtani has a strong thirst for team performance and championships with the Angels, so the Dodgers, a team capable of winning, are attractive enough. 먹튀검증
In particular, on the 8th, ‘USA Today’ reported, “There is one very clear sign that the Dodgers are strong candidates to sign Ohtani. The Dodgers recently called Kelly and asked him to give up uniform number 17 for Ohtani.”
A competing team that has emerged rapidly over the past few days is Toronto. Toronto, in need of a star, entered the race to recruit Ohtani more aggressively than ever. ‘The Athletic’ reporter Jim Bowden retweeted Morosi’s breaking news and said, “It’s probably the Dodgers or Toronto,” and added, “After Ohtani recently visited Dunedin (Toronto’s spring training facility), Toronto has rapidly become the leading candidate. He added, “I stepped up.”
Of course, we cannot be sure which team Otani will ultimately choose until it is announced. There is a possibility that there will be a twist like when he first signed with the Angels. What is important is the size of the contract. American media predict that Ohtani will sign a contract worth a total of $500 million to $600 million, the largest contract in North American sports history. When the team with which Otani decides to sign is revealed, the specific size of the contract is also revealed. The general consensus is that it will approach $600 million.