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Did the Dodgers sign Shohei Ohtani yet?

Dave Roberts: “Clearly, Shohei is our top priority.”

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YES!


Shohei Ohtani is the belle of the ball this MLB season, a legitimate two-way superstar unlike anything baseball has seen for over a century, if at all. Sure, he won’t pitch in 2024 after a second major elbow surgery — his first procedure in 2018 was Tommy John surgery, his September surgery has been shrouded in secrecy — but signing Ohtani is about more than just next season.

Ohtani is one of the best hitters in baseball even if he never throws another pitch again, but the ability to do both has won Ohtani two American League MVP awards and made him the most famous baseball player on the planet.

The contract Ohtani receives is expected to be record-breaking, likely topping the list in average annual value and total guaranteed money in the deal.

The Dodgers are considered the favorites to sign Ohtani, but face competition in the market from at least the Blue Jays, Cubs, Giants, Braves, and Angels.

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