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Rangers, Mets, Red Sox turn focus away from Ohtani: report

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Smart move by those three teams.

Focusing on strengthening their pitching will be key for their success.

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The next club for the 29-year-old, who this year became the first Japanese player to lead a U.S. major league in home runs with 44, might be decided as early as MLB's winter meetings from Sunday to Wednesday in Nashville, Tennessee.

44 HR in the MLB is not a heck of a lot, and it says more about the rest of the American league than it does about Otani.

If he is unable to pitch, teams dont want to pay that much for a designated hitter, with the chance that maybe in a year or so he MIGHT be able to pitch again.

I wouldnt be surprised one bit if he gets a short, 2 or 3 year contract, with a high yearly payout, rather than an extended, 10 year one for mega-bucks.

Either way he is going to get paid, but teams have the rest of their rosters to fill out and not pay for just one player.

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They won with out him,why should they put money on someone,who.never made the MLB playoffs,he is the one want to be a ring chaser

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He is one of the greatest of all time… he has done enough in MLB and it’s time for him to return to the Japanese baseball league and give the Japanese fans a glimpse of his awesome skills ( maybe not on a daily basis but surely every now and then he can produce something spectacular to thrill the fans) !

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He is one of the greatest of all time… he has done enough in MLB and it’s time for him to return to the Japanese baseball league and give the Japanese fans a glimpse of his awesome skills ( maybe not on a daily basis but surely every now and then he can produce something spectacular to thrill the fans) !

I'd say the sarcasm here runs deep! There is probably more than likely a direct correlation to his arm fatigue and injuries to playing baseball IN Japan than in the MLB.

While he is on the fringes of being one of the greatest, he's got to continue for at least another 5 to 10 years, to be added to that list.

He's got to continue, or he will end up in the history books as another player who had a great couple of years but then was sidelined because of injuries.

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@ Yubara 29 years old are you kidding me? 5-10 more years to play, way past his prime look how Ichiro numbers declined as he aged!!! These teams know value and they are not going to lock up a player with a lucrative contract coming off an injury aging in years!

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@kainnycahl...

He's going to get paid, and some team will be willing to over pay for him. That's the MLB happens all the time.

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@kaimycahl - He's going to get paid and get paid big. You are not taking into account the commercial aspect of having him on your team either.

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I'm predicting a huge salary for a short contract. His elbow injury has done a lot of damage for his prospects, pun intended.

For the poster above saying go back to Japan to show their fans his magic, he played here for Nippon Ham for about five years. What planet are you from?

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Considering this is second surgery on the same elbow for the same thing,

I just cannot see him pitching again as tendons get weaker with each surgery,

He can bat for a few years before the same elbow breaks down.

He may not get the big contract he is expecting or will get one with injury considerations for the club to opt out of the contract. Player will have to carry injury insurance, so the club does not have to pay the player when injured.

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Listen we know he is going to the Dodgers. No doubt whatsoever.

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Dodgers the front runner for sure,

Cubs, Giants then Blue Jays in that order I would guess.

real shame about his elbow.

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There is no doubt in my mind that he is one of the greatest players in MLB today. Playing a few more years in the States can cement his reputation, but I too wonder if he wants to go back to Japan. It would be fun to play in front of adoring home crowds.

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Playing a few more years in the States can cement his reputation

"Few?" He wont make HOF status as a designated hitter!

, but I too wonder if he wants to go back to Japan. It would be fun to play in front of adoring home crowds.

Pray tell, which Japanese team is going to pay him 30 or 40 million a year? Hint: NONE!

Too many people are naïve to reality!

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@rainman1 you are responding to some one who played professional baseball MLB for 8 years a scout for 7 years TWO EITH THE ANGELS. Yes he will get paid but looking at his age and coming off a major injury no one team is going to pay that much money for a playing aging as a DH!! This is why the smart teams pulled out the team that takes him will not be looking to win but look at what he can draw at the gate.

@kaimycahl - He's going to get paid and get paid big. You are not taking into account the commercial aspect of having him on your team either

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