During a recent appearance on the “Foul Territory” podcast, MLB insider Ken Rosenthal offered insights into Shohei Ohtani’s upcoming contract negotiations.
Ohtani is poised to secure a substantial contract this offseason, a well-deserved recognition for his exceptional performance. The former MVP amassed 44 home runs and 95 RBI for the Angels this season, while also maintaining an impressive 10-5 record with a 3.14 ERA, until suffering a torn ACL.
According to Rosenthal, the Los Angeles Dodgers and the New York Mets are emerging as the frontrunners in the competition to acquire Ohtani’s services.
“The Dodgers have been the favorite for a long time, or at least a team we thought would definitely be in the mix,” Rosenthal said, via SNY. “I cannot rule out the Mets. I cannot see Steve Cohen simply passing on Shohei Ohtani.”
Rosenthal also alluded to a few other teams in the mix, though they are not perceived as primary contenders compared to the Dodgers and Mets.
“And I would also include the Giants, the Rangers — yes, the Rangers — and the Mariners as at least possibilities. I still think it comes down to LA versus New York — Dodgers versus the Mets,” Rosenthal explained
Ohtani recently underwent surgery on his right UCL, making him unlikely to pitch in the upcoming season. However, his offensive prowess promises to have a substantial impact on whichever team secures his services.
The forthcoming negotiations will certainly be intriguing to watch, as teams weigh their options in pursuit of Ohtani’s extraordinary talent.