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At some point, Shohei Ohtani is going to have a new team.

The Angels are going to try to re-sign him, something they recognize is unlikely to happen.

The current buzz is that the Dodgers are going to bowl him over with an offer and then try to coax the Angels into surrendering Mike Trout.

But it’s not a two-team race. Ohtani reportedly has interest in seeing what the Rangers have to offer, and it’s presumed the Rangers have interest in signing the best player in the world … when healthy.

He’s not healthy. Again.

Jeff Wilson

Sports reporter for two decades. Sports fan for life. Covers the Texas Rangers. Graduate of TCU. Colorado native. Author of Purple Passion: TCU Football Legends (https://t.co/2fmXLyympx). Follow me on Twitter at @JeffWilsonTXR

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  1. dacoffey41@aol.com November 19, 2023

    Agreed, Jeff. I’d like to see them resign Jankowski as a fourth outfielder. It’s going to be another fun offseason.

  2. Boo November 19, 2023

    It’s not just you.

  3. deGrom Texas Ranger November 19, 2023

    Hader should be 18-22 MM, Montgomery should be 22-25, and even adding Neris should add maybe 8 MM in AAV. That’s roughly the 50 MM AAV that they would be blowing on a DH with reliever potential in the future. He has command issues and is basically Yordan Alvarez plus a 10-15 million reliever. That’s 35 to 40 for the next 5 years. He better give a really really huge discount if Texas is going to sign him.

  4. Charles Neeley November 20, 2023

    Ohtani would mess up the Rangers chemistry. He has too many “special requirements” that require too much “special attention” from both management and his teammates. Sure he is great, but so is Trout. Together they accomplished squat.

    1. deGrom Texas Ranger November 20, 2023

      Yeah. As one of our announcers said, the man Ohtani literally left the country and ditched the team instead of staying with the team like deGrom and Scherzer. The team gave him a record raise in arb of 25 million when most raises for even elite guys are hardly 10 million a year. That’s ungrateful. Seager actually helped his team. The greatest MVP snub in recent memory belongs to Alex Rodriguez losing to Tejada. A Rod was significantly better in dozens of statistical categories and still lost. It’s messed up how Texas got screwed over both ways there.

  5. Jeffrey Shell November 20, 2023

    Resign Montgomery and acquire bullpen arms, not Ohtani.

  6. Art November 20, 2023

    No way will Moreno trade Trout to the team up the freeway.


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