Shohei Ohtani is arguably the best Major League Baseball player of his generation and he’s now a free agent. Every team wants him but only one will get him. The stakes are incredibly high because he will demand a record contract, yet he’s worth every dime. Ohtani is a phenomenal, once-in-a-lifetime talent and that’s why he’s so in demand.
Today we’ll look at all of the reasons why he’s arguably the most wanted MLB free agent ever. His list of accolades is incredible and that’s why franchises won’t hesitate to sign him. The Los Angeles Dodgers maintain the strongest links to Ohtani but who knows where the Japanese star will end up?
Ohtani is doing things in baseball that players haven’t achieved since the 19th century. No, that’s not a typo because it’s completely true. In June 2023, he became the first player since 1890 to reach base four times, hit more than two homers, and strike out 10 players in one game (via SBNation).
Jack Stivetts achieved the same feat for the now-defunct St. Louis Browns. It’s extraordinary that Ohtani is matching these ancient records and making history. That’s why he’s the most in-demand free agent in the sport and one of the most iconic stars of his generation. It’s frightening to imagine what he’ll do next.