The battle for Shohei Ohtani, 29, ended in a victory for the Los Angeles Dodgers, who paid an unprecedented “total of $700 million” (approximately $922.2 billion). But the Dodgers’ victory was far from comfortable.
“The Toronto Blue Jays’ final offer for Ohtani was similar to the Dodgers’, according to sources,” Canadian outlet Sportsnet reported on Nov. 11.
The day before, The Athletic, ESPN, and others reported that Ohtani had agreed to a 10-year, $700 million contract with the Dodgers. Ohtani himself announced the news on social media, saying, “To all my fans and everyone involved in baseball, I apologize for taking so long to make this decision. I have decided to choose the Los Angeles Dodgers as the next team I will play for,” he announced on his own.
The Ohtani saga has been one of the top stories on Major League Baseball’s (MLB) Storify this year. Multiple sports outlets, including MLB.com, the official website of Major League Baseball, ESPN, The Athletic, and Yahoo Sports, have all ranked Ohtani at the top of their big league free agent rankings this year. MLB.com has five tiers of free agents, and Ohtani is in the first tier. Only one other player was ranked in this tier.
Unsurprisingly, teams scrambled to sign him, but teams unable to afford his $600 million price tag backed out early, and ESPN reported that the big-market Texas Rangers, Boston Red Sox, and New York Mets turned their attention to other free agents at the last minute. That left the Dodgers, Toronto, Chicago Cubs, and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. 월카지노
In the end, the Dodgers were the winners. They had been a finalist for Ohtani’s first stint in the U.S. in late 2017, and they are one of the richest teams in the big leagues. “The Dodgers got the guy they’ve always wanted when they zeroed in on a guy and made the move to go after him,” one National League club executive told MLB.com. In the end, as he put it, the Dodgers made a bold bet and got a “unicorn” in Ohtani.
But just a day before Ohtani himself announced his destination, there was talk that Toronto was the favorite. MLB Network’s John Morosi confirmed the move on social media on Sept. 9, tweeting, “Otani will be flying to Toronto today.” However, it was later revealed that Ohtani had not flown to Toronto, and Morosi apologized for the mistake.