Will Shohei Ohtani Sign Soon? Top Insider Sums Up Weekend Chaos as Blue Jays Dominate Rumors

Published 12/09/2023, 10:30 AM EST

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The Shohei Ohtani sweepstakes have taken the world by storm. From former players to fans, spanning both the earthly and supernatural realms. Everyone wants to know just what is up with the Japanese superstar. His silence, the mystery surrounding his talks, and the hype around his decision have all combined to create a huge aura around his free agency. With all that, only one question is in everyone’s mind – When will Shohei Ohtani announce his next team? Until the decision is reached, let’s review a week’s worth of Ohtani-related news.

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There are Toronto Blue Jays, the Los Angeles Dodgers, and a few more teams in this race. Every team is doing everything in their power to attract the two-way phenom. The Blue Jays with their infrastructure and the Dodgers with their confidence and success. It appears that all this is trying to progress to the conclusion or final stages. Before that happens, a top insider has summed up the weekend chaos.

The frenzy surrounding the Shohei Ohtani bidding war

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There is no denying that baseball fans tend to get excited rather quickly. What makes the offseason fun are the constant reports of meetings between players and teams. But Ohtani’s scenario has been an exception, as his free agency experienced a relatively calm period. Due to this silence, speculations have filled the market. On this note, Anthony Castrovince from MLB.com recapped the crazy last week beautifully.

For instance, just a few hours ago, fans were stunned when reports of Ohtani’s flight to Toronto emerged. Three hours and fifty minutes later, a private plane did land in Toronto, but unexpectedly there was no Shohei Ohtani in it. Rather, there was reportedly the Canadian businessman and famous “shark” Robert Herjavec with his family.

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The frenzy that this little rumor created was enough to understand the fans’ hunger for Ohtani’s information. Even Drake, the Toronto-born Rapper, posted a story where he wore Ohtani’s jersey. But what will happen when Shotime signs the deal? In Castrovince’s words, the week is concluding while “Driving all of us bananas.”

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That brings the question – when will the two-way superstar finally announce his decision? Reports came yesterday that Shotime was very close to making a choice. However, there is a contrasting report now making rounds.

The timeline doesn’t exist for Shotime’s decision

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Sportsnet’s Ben Nicholson Smith recently tweeted that there isn’t any known timeline for Shohei Ohtani’s decision. He said,” Source tells me and  @ShiDavidi there is at present no decision made by Shohei Ohtani, nor is there a timeline for a decision #BlueJays are a finalist. We’ll see where it leads.”

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Earlier this week, some insiders said that Ohtani would reach his decision before the end of this week. Now, as it stands, nobody really knows what is happening in this story. But one thing that most are sure of is that the decision is nearer than ever. 

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Sanskar Dubey

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Deepanshi Bajaj

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