It is true that $600 million cannot be guaranteed. However, it was argued that the $500 million trend theory has not collapsed.

The Athletic recently forecasted the ALL-MLB team and made a nuanced prediction that Shohei Ohtani’s (29, free agent) $500 million dollar trend had collapsed. In addition, there was a recent report by Dodger Blue that the LA Dodgers’ trend was also shaking. In fact, there are predictions that the offensive efforts of the New York Yankees and San Francisco Giants will be formidable.스포츠토토

However, Bleacher Report predicted the 2023-2024 offseason on the 29th (Korean time) and said that Ohtani will eventually wear a Dodgers uniform with the first major league contract worth more than $500 million. The logic is that the uncertain future of the elbow can be resolved with options.

Otani Agency only said that he underwent elbow surgery by Dr. Neil Elatrace in LA at the end of September, but did not explain the specific surgery method. Most American media outlets believe that Ohtani underwent a second Tommy John surgery.

Therefore, there are many arguments that safety measures should be implemented through detailed options and that this should also affect the total contract amount. However, Bleacher Report said, “Ohtani is the best hitter in the major leagues and one of the most marketable sports players in the world.”

This means that you need to think about business value outside of the field. Otani’s unique image of a ‘man living a virtuous life’ is what makes him perfect. His handsome appearance is a bonus. According to Sports Business Journal, Ohtani was first in jersey sales in September. It is a company that is already walking. It is expected that the team that acquires Ohtani will receive enormous profits, including advertising and broadcasting rights fees.

In addition, in the race for the best hitter since 2021 calculated by FanGraphs, Ohtani is third after Aaron Judge (New York Yankees) and Freddie Freeman (LA Dodgers). 4th place is Juan Soto (San Diego Padres). Considering these points, Bleacher Report said, “He should be worth more than $500 million as a free agent, keeping in mind the possibility of becoming an above-average starting pitcher again from 2025

Of course, I thought that clubs would prepare devices to deal with elbow risk. “If his elbow is not what it used to be again, he will need to include an inning-based option to prevent him from being overpaid,” Bleacher Report said. “He will stick to his contract with the Dodgers.” 

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