Uncertainty Surrounds Giants’ Ohtani Status as Other Teams Move On: What’s Next for the Japanese Star?

Report: Giants’ Ohtani status ‘unknown’ as other suitors move on

MLB’s annual Winter Meetings are quickly approaching, causing excitement among baseball fans.

As fans await updates about the two-way phenom Shohei Ohtani, ESPN MLB insider Jeff Passan shared new details about the Ohtani sweepstakes.

While some suitors have moved on, the status of the Giants’ pursuit of Ohtani remains unknown.

“It would be foolish to count out any high-revenue team, though by now the field for Ohtani’s services has winnowed, sources said,” Passan reported Friday morning. “The Texas Rangers, Boston Red Sox and New York Mets have turned their attention to other players. Among those still in the bidding: the Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago Cubs, Toronto Blue Jays and Angels.

“The San Francisco Giants have long had a fondness for Ohtani, though where they stand in these sweepstakes is unknown.”

While San Francisco’s interest in Ohtani is no secret, the Giants haven’t disclosed their position in the sweepstakes. Passan reported last month that Ohtani could hold it against an organization if any meetings with teams are leaked.

However, it’s no secret that San Francisco’s interest in Ohtani is sincere.

The Giants have expressed their willingness to go “all in” on Ohtani or another top free agent, starting pitcher Yoshinobu Yamamoto, according to MLB Network’s Jon Morosi.

Ohtani’s dominant 2023 season led to him being named the unanimous American League Most Valuable Player for the second time in three seasons, making history as the first two-time unanimous MVP in MLB history.

Reports suggest that the 29-year-old could sign soon, potentially at or before the MLB Winter Meetings in Nashville from Dec. 4-7.

Although the Dodgers have been seen as favorites to sign Ohtani, the competition remains open for any team.

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