MLB insider links Red Sox to top 2024 offseason free agent
Shohei Ohtani is the biggest name in baseball, and probably about to become the highest-paid player in the sport too. The 29-year-old Japanese superstar is set to become a free agent this offseason, and the anticipated frenzy of his free agency has been one of the top talking points since this year’s All-Star Break.
Will the Red Sox end up in those sweepstakes? One MLB insider says he’s expecting them to be front and center.
“Shohei Ohtani and the Red Sox are starting to be linked more and more,”Jon Heyman of the New York Post wrote on Thursday. “One executive with an interested team said he believes they are a real threat.” Heyman also pointed out Ohtani’s lucrative marketing deal with New Balance, a Boston-based company.
Ohtani has been a sensation since signing with the Los Angeles Angels in 2018. A true two-way player, he’s been one of the best hitters and pitchers in Major League Baseball over his six seasons. That includes an MVP season in 2021. He was the runner up for MVP in 2022, while also finishing fourth in Cy Young voting.
This past season Ohtani got off to another strong start before getting shut down in August due to an elbow injury. He ended up undergoing Tommy John surgery in late September. According to Dr. Neal ElAttrache, the doctor who performed the procedure, Ohtani is expected to be free of restrictions as a hitter during the 2024 season. He’s not expected to resume pitching until 2025.
That injury will likely be a factor in Ohtani’s market, but he’s still expected to sign the richest deal in the history of the league. Will that be in Boston? The rumors and reports will likely only heat up as the start of free agency approaches.
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