The Shohei Ohtani saga is getting more and more heated
The Shohei Ohtani saga is getting more and more heated. Even the Atlanta Braves have entered the fray, and it’s hard to keep up.
Ohtani, who is expected to receive one of the highest contracts in history, recently visited Oracle Park, home of the San Francisco Giants. “It was later revealed that Ohtani, along with his agent Nez Valero, visited Oracle Park, the home of the San Francisco Giants, on March 3, a day before the Major League Baseball Winter Meetings,” Japan’s TBS reported. “Ohtani, accompanied by his agent, met with the Giants’ general manager, Bob Melvin, and the team’s “OB,” Buster Posey, at Oracle Park for a brief meeting,” the outlet reported. “Ohtani is expected to visit the home stadiums of the remaining finalists during the winter meetings and meet with executives before making a final decision,” TBS reported.
Meanwhile, American media reported that Ohtani will not sign a contract during the Winter Meetings.
“Ohtani will not be signing during the Winter Meetings,” the New York Post reported on February 5. The Major League Baseball Winter Meetings are being held in Nashville, Tennessee, from the 4th to the 7th. It is a gathering of all 30 major league teams, as well as “super-agent” Scott Boras and overseas teams. Naturally, there will be discussions about player transfers, including trades and free agent signings.
After the news of Ohtani’s visit to Oracle Park, there were speculations that he would also visit the home stadiums of other teams, but nothing is known yet. Last year’s ‘biggest free agent’, home run king Aaron Judge, also visited Oracle Park, met with San Francisco officials, and was approached by NBA (American professional basketball) star Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors, but ultimately chose his original team, the New York Yankees. In particular, 온라인카지노 Ohtani chose the Los Angeles Angels after listening to the teams’ PTs in person when he first entered the major leagues. There were several other “big market” teams, including the Los Angeles Dodgers, but he chose the Angels because they offered the most favorable outlook and options for his two-hitter.
Ohtani’s wishes are paramount in this free agency.
San Francisco, the Dodgers, Toronto Blue Jays, Chicago Cubs, and his original team, the Angels, are reportedly the five remaining teams in the race for Ohtani, but the Atlanta Braves are still in the mix. “Atlanta is still in the mix for Ohtani,” MLB Network reporter John Morosi reported on Friday. Including the Braves brings the number of finalists to six.
“Not one team has offered more than $500 million in total money for Ohtani, and sources say it could be as high as $600 million,” John Heyman of the New York Post reported. Teams would have to spend nearly 800 billion won to sign him, and even then, the competition is fierce, with teams “bidding” for him. Clubs that want to sign Ohtani will have to win his heart as well as his money.