No free agent has been talked about more than Shohei Ohtani during this big baseball offseason, and several teams have been in pursuit of the star, including the Toronto Blue Jays.
But there will be few candidates because the Japanese star could become the first to sign a contract worth half a billion dollars. Is it worth the risk for someone who won’t launch in 2024 due to surgery?
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Even without his involvement on the mound, Ohtani should make a good return on his salary as a designated hitter alone. So the Jays could turn to him to bolster the offense.
According to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal, Toronto could be an unexpected candidate to sign the player who wore a Los Angeles Angels uniform in 2023. The baseball pundit named a rival to major league general manager Ross Atkins, the Jays’ right-hand man.
Indeed, the Queen City club could free up cash if it doesn’t focus on Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Bo Bichette’s contract extensions this winter. The two men are also expected to break the bank, but they can still wait until 2025.
Among the other good points the Jays have is that they have made the playoffs the last two years and are about to complete major renovations to the Rogers Center in terms of clubhouse and facilities.