Despite Uncertain Pitching Return, Shohei Ohtani Sees a $450M Los Angeles Future as Top Analyst Predicts Historic Free Agency Outcome

Published 10/07/2023, 1:30 PM EDT

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In the world of baseball’s free agency, predictions and assumptions frequently wield significant influence. This year, Shohei Ohtani‘s free agency is the biggest speculation topic for fans and the media. While the teams and Ohtani are still silent, MLB experts can’t keep their calm. Almost every MLB insider and analyst has joined the flow to predict a suitable landing spot for the Japanese superhero. Recently, another renowned analyst joined the discussion. His prediction states a potential Los Angeles team, but the potential contract value he gave is a little lesser than the previously anticipated $500 million.

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Since the two-way phenom got injured, speculations about his probable landing spot have inclined. The major league world is trying to figure out if it will affect his free agency offers and the teams’ intentions that were considering signing Ohtani. However, most predictions say nothing can affect the price tag of Ohtani’s contract. While several people state their opinions, the Dodgers surpass every other team in potential.

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While speaking with The Foul Territory, Tim Kurkjian predicted the future of Ohtani and clarified his points. While addressing this point, he first mentioned that the uncertainties and injuries will hamper the value the Angels star would have received otherwise. However, per him, “He’s really gonna get paid. But he is gonna lose a bunch of money because he is not a pitcher right now. But somebody is going on to go out there and give him a ton of money; maybe just say $450M and then load it up with incentives in case he comes back as a pitcher in 2025.” 

Per Kurkjian, Ohtani will probably remain in Los Angeles—if not with the Angels, then probably with the Dodgers. However, the analyst stated that it must be the Dodgers. “And as for where he’s gonna go, of course, that’s the big question, and nobody has the right answer here. But it just seems most logical to me that the Dodgers have the best shot at him”, he explained.

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Of course, he has his reasons that almost make Ohtani and Dodgers compatible. According to him, Ohtani has achieved almost everything except for wins as a team with the Angles, and the Dodgers are the consistent winners that promise him a long-term winning career. Also, he thinks the Dodgers have been saving money for the last few years, so they can afford the price tag of Ohtani.

While the Dodgers are receiving preferences, it’s important to note that they are not the sole entities included on the list.

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Other Potential Landing Spots for Ohtani

Most people think the Los Angeles Dodgers are a suitable match for the Japanese star, but there are other potential teams that may be eyeing Shotime. Despite the injury, many speculations claim the Houston Astros are a contender to pursue Ohtani. Even according to Alex Rodriguez, the underdog Seattle Mariners can be in the race. Except for that, the Baltimore Orioles, the Boston Red Sox, and the New York Mets also appear in speculation.

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Where Ohtani will really go in 2024 can’t be said unless the free agency finally approaches. But there’s no harm in sharing opinions. So, share your views on Shohei Ohtani’s probable landing spot with us in comments below.

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Antara Bhattacharyya

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Antara Bhattacharyya is an MLB Writer at EssentiallySports. Having completed her Master's Degree in English Literature, she is passionate about writing. Sports being one of her core interests, she indulged in American Sports, particularly Baseball.
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