The moment that Major League Baseball fans have been waiting for appears to be imminent.
Superstar free agent Shohei Ohtani appears to be on the verge of deciding what team to play. The latest report had the Chicago Cubs still involved in the sweepstakes for Ohtani but there has been a sense that the Los Angeles Dodgers and Toronto Blue Jays are the two favorites.
Jon Morosi of MLB Network reported on Friday morning that Ohtani's decision is imminent with it possibly being revealed as early as today.
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Despite there being positive momentum toward the Cubs potentially signing Ohtani leading up to the Winter Meetings this past week, the tune shifted as meetings began with conflicting reports suggesting that the Cubs may have had reservations about the asking price.
Ohtani toured Dodger Stadium last week while on Monday, he traveled to Florida to meet with the Blue Jays and tour their Spring Training complex. There have been no reported meetings between the Cubs and Ohtani but that doesn't mean one did not occur. Ohtani's camp has stressed privacy throughout his free agency process and it's possible that the Cubs are adhering to that request.
Once Ohtani signs, that should open the rest of the market. If the Cubs are not the team that will be signing Ohtani, it's likely that we will see a quick pivot from the team. Reports after the Winter Meetings have suggested that the Cubs may have started that shift already with interest in Rhys Hoskins, Cody Bellinger, and Matt Chapman.
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