Because the MLB offseason is formally underway, all eyes within the baseball world are turning to Shohei Ohtani and the place he might go subsequent.
It seems that place might be Boston. The Pink Sox have been listed as one of many 10 groups on ESPN’s Alden Gonzalez’s listing of probably locations for Ohtani, noting that the two-way celebrity might need authentic curiosity in Boston.
“Ohtani, folks round him say, has lengthy been intrigued by Boston,” Gonzalez wrote. “The truth that New Steadiness, which signed him to an enormous endorsement deal, relies there would possibly assist.”
Whereas the Pink Sox might have an inherent benefit to land Ohtani due to New Steadiness, there’ll clearly be many different elements in the place he’ll decide to play subsequent. Whoever indicators Ohtani will probably must signal him to a historic contract. Gonzalez famous that Ohtani might presumably obtain as much as $720 million on his subsequent contract, which is double the worth of the nine-year, $360 million deal Aaron Choose acquired final offseason.
Whether or not Ohtani goes to the very best bidder or not stays to be seen. However Gonzalez, amongst many different baseball insiders, appears to suppose that he might earn the primary $500 million contract ever for an athlete in North American sports activities historical past.
Gonzalez puzzled if the Pink Sox can be prepared to go to the financial lengths that may probably be essential to signal Ohtani.
“However the largest issue for the Pink Sox could be three last-place finishes over the previous 4 years, and a distaste by their passionate fan base within the wake of [Mookie] Betts’ departure,” Gonzalez wrote. “Signing Ohtani might restore plenty of that sick will. The query is: Will the Pink Sox act like a real big-market staff and really spend this winter?”
The Pink Sox have some cash to spend getting into the 2024 offseason, sitting roughly $37 million beneath the luxurious tax line, by way of Pink Sox Payroll on X, the social media platform previously generally known as Twitter. Signing Ohtani would probably take the Pink Sox near or above the road, relying on what different strikes they make this offseason. The Athletic’s Tim Britton, as an illustration, tasks Ohtani to signal a 12-year, $520 million contract in free company, which is value $43.3 million per 12 months.
New Pink Sox chief baseball officer Craig Breslow indicated at his introductory press convention on Thursday that not having sufficient cash to spend gained’t be a problem.
“I don’t see monetary sources as a limiting issue,” Breslow mentioned.
Nevertheless, one other MLB insider doesn’t appear to be excessive on the Pink Sox’ possibilities to land Ohtani.
“The Dodgers, I imagine, are nonetheless the favorites for Ohtani,” Fox Sports activities and The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal said on “Foul Territory.” “Past that, I really suppose [the Dodgers] want Ohtani.”
Gonzalez appeared to agree with that sentiment, writing that the Dodgers “have lengthy been thought-about the favorites” for Ohtani. “Earlier than October, Dodgers possession, sources mentioned, was extremely motivated to land Ohtani.”
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