It has been predicted that the New York Yankees, who failed to make the postseason despite spending a huge amount of money this season, will not participate in the recruitment of Shohei Ohtani, who is considered the largest signing in free agent history.
Reporter John Harper of SNY, a New York-area sports media outlet, said on the 10th (Korean time), “I don’t think Hal Steinbrenner (New York Yankees owner) will go to that extreme. Ohtani won’t be able to pitch next season due to an elbow injury, but his asking price is almost nothing. “It will start at $400 million. I don’t think Hal’s expectations will reach that level. I think he will find other ways (to strengthen his power),” he said.
The Yankees finished fourth in the AL East with 82 wins and 80 losses this season, and have not received an invitation to fall baseball for the first time in seven years since 2016. Their winning percentage was above .500 throughout the season, but in mid-August, they lost 9 games in a row, plummeting to 60 wins and 65 losses, and ended the season without being able to turn the tide.
The winning percentage recovered to .500 and escaped the crisis of almost falling to the bottom of the district for the first time in 33 years since 1990, but the team fell to 4th place for the second time since 1994, when the district was reorganized into five teams. For this reason, the prevailing expectation is that the Yankees will continue to strengthen their power on a large scale this offseason.
If so, the Yankees cannot strengthen their batting line or pitching staff in the direction they want without Ohtani. Ohtani joined the LA Angels in 2018 and has never played in the postseason for six seasons. The Angels’ last fall baseball season was in 2014. Because of this, the chances of him remaining in the Angels are very slim. It must be said that Ohtani, whose ultimate goal is victory, has completely changed his mind at the Angels.
Although they were unable to play fall baseball this year, the Yankees are a team that can challenge for the World Series at any time.
However, SNY predicts that owner Steinbrenner will not give instructions to enter the race to recruit Ohtani in this free agent market. This means that the Yankees will not be able to improve their current performance even if they spend a lot of money.
Last winter, the Yankees spent nine years and $360 million to retain home run king Aaron Judge, and brought in left-hander Carlos Rodon for six years and $162 million to strengthen the starting lineup. Unfortunately, both players were out for long periods of time due to injuries this season. Judge was out for nearly two months last summer due to a toe injury, and Rodon injured his arm ahead of the season opener and only joined after the first half of the season. Rodon was on the IL for 15 days due to a hamstring injury in mid-August.토토사이트
In this situation, there does not seem to be much intention to spend more money in the free agent market. Besides Judge, the Yankees have two other big players who signed $300 million contracts. Gerrit Cole, who signed a 9-year, $324 million contract, is alive and well, and outfielder Giancarlo Stanton, who has a 13-year, $325 million contract, is under contract until 2027.
Additionally, it is difficult to include Ohtani, who is expected to be worth over $500 million, in the team.
In relation to this, Sports Illustrated (SI) predicted, ‘The Yankees failed to make the playoffs for the first time since 2016, but they are likely to change the club’s management policy by cutting costs rather than adding Ohtani to the payroll.’
If the Yankees are excluded from the race to recruit Ohtani, it should be viewed as a two-way battle. There is talk that the New York Mets could be drooling over Ohtani. SI said, ‘Metz owner Steve Cohen has a large market and a large wallet like the Yankees, so he can run toward Ohtani, who is likely to be the AL MVP for the second time this year,’ and ‘Japanese Senga Kodai and superstar Francisco Lindor,
However, the prevailing view is that the most suitable and ideal destination for Otini is the LA Dodgers. Money, winning history, and geographical location in the West all make it a club that Ohtani would prefer. SI said, ‘It is unlikely that Otani will wear pinstripes. Ultimately, the recruitment war will unfold between the Yankees’ rival (Mets) and the Angels’ rival (Dodgers).’