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Today’s topics are about the condition of rich teams and poor teams in MLB and where Shohei Ohtani would go.
This graph shows the total payroll of each team and the results of the first half of this season. Do you know the top three richest teams? They are the Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Mets, and of course New York Yankees. These teams stand at the tops in their divisions.
The amount of payroll and ranking are mostly in correlation. However, in this situation, the Red Sox and Angels are bad deals this season so far. On the other hand, the Twins, Brewers, Mariners, Rays, and Guardians are reasonable so far. It is very interesting.
Next, let’s talk about Shohei Ohtani. Many fans are concerned about the two-way player.
This graph shows changes in his annual salary. It is a value based on the two-way player. He started his big-league career for the minimum annual salary for his American dream. He is now under a two-year contract with the Angels. His salary in the next year might be determined by salary Arbitration if no agreement is reached between Shohei and the Angels. He will be a free agent in the 2023 offseason. Ohtani might be the highest-paid player in MLB or MLB history.
Many fans and media are paying attention to his destination. Some American media have estimated his value.
So, teams who want Shohei will need a huge amount of money. His destination depends on the strategy of the Angels. They have two options about Ohtani. Option 1 is to have a long-term contract with Shohei. 10) But, they need a big money. Certain media says it could be more than $300 million for 5 years. About option 2, the Angels can have a three-time chance to trade him to get some hopeful players before becoming a free agent. In this case, which team would acquire the two-way star? The Dodgers, Mets, Yankees, or other teams? I have my opinion about this question. But, well, my presentation will end here.
(MLB No.80 KAISPO No.1194)