Regardless of whether Shohei Ohtani (LA Angels) is injured or not, the general opinion of the LA Dodgers is firm. However, there are 6 teams in Tier 2 as well. One of those teams is strong against each other.
On the 26th (hereinafter Korean time), Fanside picked 7 teams to participate in the Ohtani recruitment match in the 2023-2024 FA market. The Los Angeles Dodgers are always number one. Here are the Los Angeles Angels, the Texas Rangers, the San Diego Padres, the San Francisco Giants, the Chicago Cubs, and the Seattle Mariners.
Fanside did not predict a specific scenario. However, regarding the Dodgers, “We have to wait and see how much Ohtani’s elbow injury will affect Ohtani’s pursuit, but we have to put it first in the free agent market. I have money. There is also the flexibility of the roster. He has the roster talent and postseason pedigree that Ohtani wants.”
If Ohtani wears the Dodgers uniform, he will visit Korea for the opening two games against the San Diego Padres on March 20 and 21 next year in Seoul (Gocheok Sky Dome likely). The Dodgers’ official debut game will be held in Korea. Against Kim Ha-seong.
What’s interesting is that San Diego will also join the fight for Ohtani. This means that Ohtani could wear the same uniform as Kim Ha-seong and face the Dodgers in Gocheok. “They signed Xander Bogaerts to a $280 million contract, even with stars like Juan Soto, Fernando Tatis Jr. and Manny Machado,” Fanside said. I put my effort into Ohtani when I acquired Soto at the 2022 trade deadline.”메이저사이트
San Francisco is the strongest 2nd tier fancied. There are reports from foreign media that San Francisco can come out unexpectedly hard. It is about the recruitment of Lee Jeong-hoo (Kiwoom) and Ohtani. Fanside said, “I have enough money to sign a contract with Ohtani. A year ago in the free agency market, I was willing to spend over $300 million each on Carlos Correa (Minnesota Twins) and Aaron Judge (New York Yankees). They need stars and have long-term salary flexibility. It is not at all surprising that he is aggressive towards Ohtani. It could lead to a bidding war between the Giants and the Dodgers.” If San Francisco succeeds in recruiting Ohtani, Ohtani’s appearance in the opening game of Gocheok next year will naturally be canceled.
In addition, Fanside said that Texas is a team that can wait even if Ohtani does not pitch in the 2024 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery. In fact, Texas has significantly strengthened its starting lineup ahead of this season. There is also a top-class ace named Jacob deGrom, who is recovering from Tommy John surgery.
In addition, he said that the Cubs and Seattle also have their own charms. However, Fan Sided predicted that the Cubs may not want to tie Ohtani to a long-term contract. The Angels predicted that they would start a match for Ohtani, but evaluated that the possibility continues to drop.