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Dodgers notes: Shohei Ohtani, Jerry Hairston Jr., Isiah Kiner-Falefa

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Things got pretty spicy between former Dodger and current SportsNet LA analyst Jerry Hairston Jr. and Sid Seixeiro of Breakfast Television Toronto.

It began with Hairston making a sales pitch to Shohei Ohtani on why he should sign with the Dodgers rather than the Toronto Blue Jays.

“Like Tommy Lasorda said, ‘If you want to be a real Angel, you have to put on Dodger blue...’ Canada is too cold, man! In your lovely Newport Beach home, you can commute— if you want to stay there— to Dodger Stadium every single night. The fanbase is electric. The stadium is always rocking.”

Sid Seixeiro fired back Thursday morning with a sales pitch of his own for why Ohtani should sign with the Blue Jays, undermining the credibility that Hairston has with the Dodgers.

“Yeah, we got taxes up in Canada, but California has the fifth highest taxes out of any state in America... Based on what Hollywood has told me, the great earthquake is coming at any point, and you don’t want to be around any part of Los Angeles when that happens... Since 1992, who has won more championships? The Dodgers or the Jays?”

Seixeiro appeared to have butchered Ohtani’s first name, with Hairston ultimately getting the last laugh.

“To the gentleman who tried to make this personal, it’s Shohei, not ‘showey.’”

Moving out of the Toronto vs. Los Angeles debate over where Shohei Ohtani will sign, the Dodgers have also been interested in adding an additional right-handed bat, reports Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic.

Two names mentioned were Isaiah Kiner-Falefa of the New York Yankees and current free agent outfielder Michael A. Taylor, who spent the 2023 season with the Minnesota Twins.

Kiner-Falefa struggled this past season, slashing .242/.306/.340 with six home runs and 39 RBI in 115 games with New York, registering a paltry 0.2 fWAR. Taylor had one of his better seasons of his career, blasting a career-high 21 home runs and driving in 51 RBI in 129 games with Minnesota, registering a solid 1.7 fWAR while playing solid defense, posting a 0.9 dWAR.