Since making the move to MLB from Japan, Shohei Ohtani‘s legend has exponentially continued to grow with each passing day.
Now in his sixth season, Ohtani is on the verge of adding a second AL MVP award to his resume. His numbers this season are already historic, but they would’ve been even more so were it not for a torn UCL that will likely require surgery in the offseason.
Despite his injury status, Ohtani will be possibly the most sought-after free agent the league has ever seen once his contract ends this Fall. No one knows whether Ohtani will want to stay in L.A. or search for greener pastures. But according to Peter Gammons, Ohtani could be on his way to Boston soon.
Gammons has been covering baseball for over 50 years, so his reporting is not something to take with a grain of salt. Boston is one of the biggest markets in the country and the Red Sox are one of the most successful franchises in MLB.
With the Red Sox going through a disappointing under-.500 season and manager Alex Cora possibly transitioning to a different role, Boston will want to make a splash this upcoming offseason. Signing Ohtani would surely qualify.
The clearest MVP
Ohtani’s numbers in 2023 have been utterly amazing. He’s slashing .304/.412/.654 with 44 home runs and 95 RBI, as well as 20 stolen bases. And that’s just the hitting portion.
On the mound, Ohtani had started 23 games, winning 10 of them and sporting a 3.14 ERA and 1.06 WHIP with 167 strikeouts. The UCL injury shut his pitching down for the year, but Ohtani is aiming for a return to the plate very soon following an oblique injury.