The Sunday Read: Are Rangers’ plans on hold until Shohei Ohtani decides?
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The biggest news out of the Shohei Ohtani camp in the past month is that the superstar got a dog named Malort.
People seem to think the dog is a beagle, though the ears are too hairy to be a pure bred. There’s nothing in world wrong with a mutt.
Ohtani is a breed of his own, a two-way stud who runs like a deer, and for the first time in his career he is a free agent.
Every team wants him, but only a handful can afford him. The Rangers are thought to be one of the teams he would consider joining.
However, there’s been no concrete news on where and when Ohtani is going to sign. Perhaps it’s no coincidence that only one of the big-time free agents has signed (Aaron Nola re-signing with the Phillies).
Maybe it’s still too early in the offseason for the most anticipated deals to come together, but with the uniqueness and potential size of the Ohtani contract, baseball’s big business might be on hold until he starts to make up his mind.
— Jeff Wilson (@JeffWilsonTXR) November 25, 2023