MLB Rumors: Latest Shohei Ohtani Chatter Suggests Slugger Stays Out West

Baseball fans might not be happy if this happens


March 30

The Angels prepare for Opening Day on Thursday with the hope they can retain superstar Shohei Ohtani, but the 28-year-old might call another Los Angeles team his new home in 2024.

Ohtani established himself as the top player in the sport when he helped guide Japan to a World Baseball Classic title this year. He will be a free agent after the 2023 Major League Baseball season, and while the Angels reportedly flirted with the idea of trading the two-way star last season, they voiced their determination to keep Ohtani in Los Angeles.

He might stick around in LA, but the Dodgers could be a big player in the market. That’s the sentiment around the league, according to ESPN’s Buster Olney on “Get Up.” Multiple clubs “believe” the Dodgers will make a run at the Japanese superstar in a deal that valued at over $600 million.

Ohtani hasn’t been too open about his situation with the Angels, but the lack of success from Los Angeles might be the reason he leaves for a team that consistently plays in the postseason.

It’s something MLB fans would love to see, as shown with the reaction to the WBC final, but the idea of Ohtani in a Dodgers uniform might cause those same fans to shudder at the idea.

The decision ultimately will be up to the two-way player, but it’s clear there will be a massive bidding war to acquire the best player in baseball.

Thumbnail photo via Rick Scuteri/USA TODAY Sports Images
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