Ohtani Favored To Stay in California Next Season


Few MLB players have captivated fans like do-it-all superstar Shohei Ohtani has since arriving in the league six years ago.

The 29-year-old two-way Japanese star has already won an American League most valuable player award (in 2021) and a Rookie of the Year award (in 2019), while posting a 34.6 WAR across six seasons with the Los Angeles Angels.

That on-field success has not translated into postseason appearances for the Angels, however, with the club sputtering their way towards a ninth straight playoff-free season.

With the Angels all but eliminated from playoff contention, USBettingReport.com is looking ahead to the Ohtani sweepstakes this offseason. Listed below, we have constructed hypothetical odds on his next landing spot.

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Shohei Ohtani’s Next Team Hypothetical Odds

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LA Dodgers

LA Angels

San Diego Padres

San Francisco Giants

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Handful of California Teams Top List For Ohtani 

Ohtani has indicated, both during his previous signing period in 2018 and through veiled commentary to the media this season, he seems content to stay in California long term. With three big-spending clubs in the state limits, there’s no shortage of California-based interest in Ohtani’s services — even after it was revealed the 29-year-old partially tore in his ulnar collateral ligament in his pitching elbow.

Among outside suitors, the Dodgers, who currently boast the league’s sixth-largest total payroll ($238.7M), and the San Diego Padres (who sit third, behind the New York Mets and Yankees, at $253.2M in payroll) are our leaders for Ohtani’s services, followed by the San Francisco Giants, at +450. BetMGM Sportsbook lists the Giants at +8000 to win the World Series.

Ohtani’s current club, the Los Angeles Angels, sit second overall on our list, at +300 — though the team’s latest postseason flop could ultimately squash any chance of a long term partnership.

What we know right now is Ohtani is almost guaranteed to earn a salary in free agency that dwarves his current $30M a year figure, given the value that he’s put up at the plate (hitting .274 with 171 homers and 19.5 WAR) and on the mound (38-19 record, 144 ERA+ and 15.1 WAR). We’ll know more about Ohtani’s next team once the World Series wraps up.  

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Christopher Boan

Christopher Boan covers sports betting and casino gambling for U.S. Betting Report. He has reported on sports and sports betting in Arizona for nearly a decade, including stops at ArizonaSports.com, the Tucson Weekly and the Green Valley News.

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