As the players tabbed Ohtani as the player they’d most like to build around, major-league teams will get their chance to make that happen this offseason. Ohtani is set to become a free agent when his contract expires later in 2023.
So, with Ohtani set to hit the open market, the players were also asked which team they think he’ll sign with this offseason. They gave a pretty clear answer: The Los Angeles Dodgers. Of the 96 players who responded to the poll, 57.2 percent picked the local rival of the team Ohtani currently plays for.
“Seems like the Dodgers are making space to run at him, and he would fit well on that roster,” a pitcher told The Athletic.
There are some players who think Ohtani will remain with the Angels, with 11.2 percent of them saying he’ll play there in 2024, which was the second-highest percentage a team received in the vote. The Padres and Mets (7.2 percent) were tied for third while the Yankees came in fifth (6.3 percent).
So far in 2023, Ohtani has only added to his case to earn the richest contract in the history of North American professional sports. His recent tear at the plate has him in first place in the American League in home runs (24) and RBIs (58) to go along with a .300 batting average and a 1.015.
Shohei Ohtani and Mike Trout hit back-to-back home runs to grab the Angels’ lead over the Royals