RUMOR: Sources tell The Skipper's View That Shohei Ohtani Is On The Market. But Not For His Hitting.
Sources close to The Skipper's View have disclosed that teams are indeed looking to make a deal for Shohei Ohtani before the trade deadline. His 4.9 bWAR is third behind Sandy Alcantara and Nolan Arenado. We already covered a little of the massive trade package it would take to get Juan Soto; click here for my blog about that. So, most baseball analysts assume the package for Ohtani would be even more significant. However, teams are less interested in Shohei Ohtani, the hitter. In fact, teams are putting together deals with plans of him being a pitcher long-term and putting the hitting aside.
The reason for this, although we here disagree with it, is that Ohtani, at 28 years old, has a higher value if he transitions to a full-time pitcher in the next two years. Any team trading for Ohtani will want to lock him up for a decade. At this age, almost none of the MLB contracts that run for that time frame end up panning out for the team. However, teams believe that at 30, if he transitions to pitching, they will get their value over those ten years. Rather than risk him getting injured while continuing to be a two-way player, they want him to put all his focus on the mound.
Justin Verlander and Adam Wainwright are just two recent examples of pitchers who can still be elite into their late 30s and early 40s. His stat line this year is impressive, with 9 Wins, 123 Ks, a 2.38 ERA, a 0.99 WHIP, and 14 quality starts. Just a reminder, we don't bore you with stats you can not understand here at The Skipper's View.
Teams that are allegedly in the market include the Braves, Dodgers, Mets, Red Sox, and Yankees. What do those deals look like at this moment, we do not know. Updates to come.
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