Are you a GM for an MLB team hoping to sign Shohei Ohtani after next season? You better open up your wallet.
Some big news according to Jon Heyman of the New York Post about Shohei Ohtani.
"(Ohtani) will surely seek to become the first $50 million (or more) player as a 2024 free agent, and considering his amazing achievements, he deserves to be the game’s best-paid player, as the sport’s true triple threat (hitting, pitching, marketing)."
Angels In The Doubt Field
The Los Angeles Angels (of Anaheim) cannot catch a break. I feel like I write about the state of their cooked franchise once a week. Heyman also noted that Ohtani choosing free agency and expecting such a high price makes the Angels poor candidates for him to stay. Let's disabuse ourselves first of the notion that the Angels cannot afford Ohtani's price tag. Every single team in MLB could afford whatever contracts we see on the free agency market.
Secondly, and more importantly, do we blame Ohtani for choosing to leave the Angels on the first flight out? As noted by everyone, including us here at En Fuego, the Angels are a dumpster fire that the fates tried to put out with gasoline. They're 49-63. They're going to miss the playoffs again. Nobody is quite sure what Mike Trout's future looks like due to his tragic back injury. The pitching future looks bleak, and they don't have a terrific farm system that will come in and save the day.
Ohtani will surely be looking to go to a competitive place. He's also likely to choose a place, much like Ichiro before him, where he at least feels slightly closer to home. The San Francisco Giants and Seattle Mariners seem like good choices. The Giants stink in 2022 but they at least have a competitive farm system and a front office that is willing to spend and improve. The Seattle Mariners are a competitive team now who would be a natural fit for Ohtani. The thing about Ohtani's skill set is that any team could use him. He'd be the last Christmas gift you open under the tree on Christmas day.
Is He That Good?
Yes. End of paragraph. Okay. He's a unicorn that we have not seen in MLB in a century. Nobody since Babe Ruth has dominated at the plate and the mound. Ohtani is the reigning AL MVP. Before this season, staying in the American League seemed to be the most logical choice for Ohtani. He is worth $50 million a year and I would not be the least bit surprised to see him get a 10-year, $500 million contract.
Last Thoughts And Where Could He Go?
Now that the National League has permanently adopted the designated hitter, the options for Ohtani are limitless. What if a team like the Mets gave him the contract he asks for? A rotation of Max Scherzer, Jacob deGrom and Shohei Ohtani would be the kind of rotation MLB The Show would deny for being too unrealistic. Can you imagine Ohtani going to a 100+ win team like the Los Angeles Dodgers? If he signed with San Diego that would be the most chaotic and fun move because at that point the slugging match between the Padres and Dodgers could truly become the best rivalry in sports. We have a year and a half to prepare for MLB The Sho.