There is not a team out there who wouldn't want to have Shohei Ohtani on their roster. As the Holy Grail of the MLB free agency, Ohtani's landing spot is simply just a matter of which team will win his signature. Among the teams rumored to be going all out in their pursuit of the Japanese superstar are the San Francisco Giants, Los Angeles Dodgers, and the Chicago Cubs, according to Jon Heyman of the New York Post.
“At least the Dodgers, Giants and Cubs are believed going big for two-way superstar Shohei Ohtani, while the Padres, Rangers, Red Sox, Yankees and many others are linked, and the incumbent Angels are waiting and praying they’ll have a chance to retain arguably baseball’s greatest talent ever.”
When it comes to interest in Ohtani, it's probably safe to say that every team in the big leagues has, at the very least, some sort of a plan to lure the baseball unicorn, who just won his second American League Most Valuable Player award.
Back in the 2023 campaign, Ohtani slashed .304/.412/.654 with 44 home runs and 91 RBIs. He also went 10-1 with a 3.14 ERA across 23 starts, including a complete game.
Giants looking to win Shohei Ohtani's nod in MLB free agency
The Shohei Ohtani sweepstakes have also seemingly added more fuel to the rivalry of the Giants and the Dodgers. The Giants have been longing for a genuine superstar free agent signing, especially after striking out on other big-time free agents in the past, including Bryce Harper and Aaron Judge. The Giants also came close to inking Carlos Correa.
The Giants have a projected payroll in the 2024 MLB season amounting to $148 million, per FanGraphs.