The Shohei Ohtani signing is heading for a climax. Happenings are happening one after another.
On Sept. 9 (KST), multiple local U.S. media outlets reported that “Ohtani appeared at an airport near Anaheim and boarded a chartered jet bound for Toronto,” based on a post on X (formerly Twitter). It was also reported that the Toronto Blue Jays, who had been competing with the Los Angeles Dodgers and Los Angeles Angels for Ohtani, were close behind.
However, this soon turned out to be a misreport.
“It’s a different businessman who’s on the jet,” the Canadian outlet CBC reported. USA Today’s Bob Nightingale said, “Ohtani is not in Toronto. 카지노사이트킴 He’s at home in California,” he said on his personal social media accounts.
Several teams have been in the running for Ohtani, whose contract with the Angels expires at the end of the season.
The Dodgers have been the favorite to land Ohtani.
Starting with Hideo Nomo, the Dodgers have long been favorable to Asian players, and the players themselves have favored the Pacific Coast club, which is close to Asia and has a large diaspora. The Dodgers were on the fence about Stovrig last year, but by jumping into the fray for Ohtani, they are effectively managing the payroll.
The Angels are a hometown team that has been loyal to Ohtani. Ohtani has made no secret of his love for the Angels. However, the fact that the Angels, unlike the championship team, the Dodgers, have not been able to show a good performance in terms of results has been interpreted as a difficult part to win the heart of Ohtani.
In the meantime, Toronto has emerged as a dark horse.
Regarded as a team with championship potential alongside the Dodgers, the Jays have been aggressively pursuing Ohtani in recent days, raising their chances. This latest development is partly a reflection of that.
In the U.S., Ohtani is expected to sign his first contract in the $500-600 million range. He’s a natural talent who’s excelled at both pitching and hitting since his major league debut.
However, some have criticized Ohtani’s overly mystical approach to the game. 스포츠토토사이트 Dodgers manager Dave Roberts’ public disclosure of the club’s negotiations with Ohtani has become a hot topic in both the U.S. and Japan.