The prediction that the Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Mets will engage in a two-way battle over the recruitment of Shohei Ohtani is attracting extraordinary attention.아톰카지노
The Dodgers and Mets are National League (NL) teams representing the western and eastern United States and have something in common: a large market, abundant finances, and a history of winning. Ohtani, who ended the season after undergoing elbow surgery, is expected to receive calls from not only the Dodgers and Mets but also big market teams when the free agent market opens after the World Series in November.
Ken Rosenthal, a reporter for The Athletic, appeared on the local podcast ‘Foul Territory’ on the 27th (Korean time) and said, ‘The Dodgers have been mentioned as a potential destination for Ohtani for a long time. At least it is one of the candidate clubs. However, the Mets cannot be ruled out. Steve Cohen said, “It is difficult to believe that Mets owner Steve Cohen will pass on Ohtani.”
He also cited the San Francisco Giants, Texas Rangers, and Seattle Mariners as clubs that could participate in the recruitment of Ohtani. However, he said that the New York Yankees are not very interested in Ohtani. I expected it wouldn’t happen.
The Dodgers did not invest much in the free agent market last winter. They only spent about $52.2 million on signing internal free agent Clayton Kershaw, JD Martinez, and veteran players such as Noah Syndergaard. I just watched as Trey Turner, who seemed likely to stay with the Dodgers at the time, signed an 11-year, $300 million contract with the Philadelphia Phillies. He wasn’t even interested in a group of big free agents such as Aaron Judge, Carlos Rodon, Carlos Correa, and Justin Verlander.
There was strong speculation that the team was reducing the payroll to target Ohtani, who will become a free agent a year later, at the end of this year. There were no experts who disputed this. The Dodgers are the best team in terms of winning power, which Ohtani considers most important. Despite a series of bad news this season, such as the collapse of the starting lineup, bullpen trouble, and a series of injuries, they won the NL West division championship. Since 2013, they have won the district title 10 times in 11 years.
Even if Ohtani undergoes elbow surgery and cannot pitch as a pitcher next year, the prevailing prediction is that his free agent value will still be ‘more than $500 million.’ There are also predictions that he could sign a three-year contract with an average annual salary of $60 to $70 million. In either case, the Dodgers have sufficient financial capacity.
The Dodgers secured first place in the box office rankings again this year. The Dodgers, who played all 81 home games, mobilized a season total of 3,837,097 fans, or 47,371 fans per game. They overwhelm the 2nd place San Diego Padres (40,390 people) and the 3rd place Yankees (40,358 people). This means that it is a big market club and a club with strong income.
So what advantage does the Mets have? Reporter Rosenthal focused on Mets general manager Billy Eppler. As is well known, General Manager Eppler served as the Angels General Manager from 2015 to 2020 before taking over as the Mets General Manager. He is the person who led the recruitment of Otani, which was announced in a post in December 2017. Afterwards, he helped Ohtani adapt well to the major league, and he boasts a closer relationship with him than anyone else. In particular, Director Eppler is good at spending a lot of money.
The Mets’ opening payroll for this season was $353.55 million (about 478.4 billion won), exceeding $300 million for the first time in history, ranking first overall. Although they gave up on the postseason after running far below expectations due to various injuries and mismatched pitches at the beginning of the season, they are still considered a team that will strengthen their power with the goal of winning next year. Cohen is the richest owner in Major League Baseball, with a net worth of $17.5 billion (approximately 23 trillion won), according to economic magazine Forbes. If there is will, Otani’s ransom is not a variable.
When Ohtani knocked on the Major League five years ago, six of the seven clubs he listed as finalists were from the western region. However, it is now said that there is no regional prejudice.