Breaking news in the US: “Otani decision imminent…decision as early as today”

December 9, 2023 | by

Shohei Ohtani’s decision is imminent. He could sign a contract as soon as today.

John Morosi, a reporter for MLB Network in the United States, tweeted on the 8th (KST), “Shohei Ohtani’s decision is imminent. Shohei Ohtani’s decision is imminent, possibly as early as today,” reported John Morosi.

“The Toronto Blue Jays are the finalists for Ohtani’s services,” the report added.

This means that Ohtani has finally made up his mind. The field of contenders for Ohtani had been narrowing over the past few days. The favorites were the Los Angeles Dodgers, Toronto Blue Jays, and his former team, the Los Angeles Angels.

The Dodgers were by far the frontrunners. Asian players are drawn to the West, and California is no exception. Ohtani was familiar with LA because he played for the Angels. He won’t have to worry too much about adjusting to the environment.

The Dodgers, along with the New York Yankees, are a “two-tier” franchise in Major League Baseball. It’s a “big market” with a big fan base and a big investment. The Dodgers are a team that can win, especially since Ohtani is coming off a bad season with the Angels and is hungry for a championship.

On August 8, USA Today reported, “There is one very clear indication that the Dodgers are a strong candidate to sign Ohtani. The Dodgers recently called Kelly and asked him to relinquish No. 17 for Ohtani,” according to a report.

Another contender that has emerged in recent days is Toronto. In need of a “star,” the Jays have been more aggressive than ever in their pursuit of Ohtani. “It’s probably either the Dodgers or Toronto,” The Athletic’s Jim Bowden wrote after “retweeting” Morosi’s breaking news, adding, “The Jays have jumped to the top of the list after Ohtani’s recent visit to Dunedin (Toronto’s spring training facility).

Of course, we won’t know for sure which team Ohtani ultimately chooses until the announcement is made. It’s possible that he’ll flip-flop, just as he did when he first signed with the Angels. What matters is the size of the contract. U.S. media outlets are predicting that Ohtani will sign a contract totaling between $500 million and $600 million, the highest in North American sports history. Once the team that Ohtani decides to sign with is revealed, the exact size of the contract will be revealed. The consensus is that it will be closer to $600 million.

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