Shohei Ohtani's Free Agency Sparks MLB Excitement.
Shohei Ohtani, the Los Angeles Angels star, is set to become a free agent after the World Series.
Ohtani is expected to command the largest contract in MLB history, even if he doesn't pitch in 2024.
Many MLB contenders are interested in acquiring Ohtani for their teams.
The Boston Red Sox have emerged as a surprising contender in the pursuit of Ohtani.
An NL executive familiar with Ohtani suggests that he may have an interest in joining the Red Sox.
One significant reason for this potential interest is Ohtani's relationship with New Balance CEO Jim Davis.
Ohtani is primarily a designated hitter (DH), which could create challenges for his prospective team.
To accommodate Ohtani, the Red Sox may need to move Masataka Yoshida to left field despite his subpar defensive stats.
Ohtani's exceptional talent makes such sacrifices worthwhile for any team. The Red Sox believe that signing Ohtani could
enhance their chances of making the postseason and potentially competing for a championship.