In sports news, two-time MLB MVP Shohei Ohtani is currently a free agent, and the Los Angeles Dodgers (-175 odds) and Toronto Blue Jays (+160) are the betting favorites to add the most coveted player on the open market. Whichever team lands Ohtani will see a huge boost in their World Series futures. Ohtani is recovering from Tommy John surgery and isn’t expected to pitch next season, but he will handle designated hitter duties until his elbow heals.

The defending World Series champion Texas Rangers are +2900 odds to add Ohtani in free agency. The Rangers were a huge underdog to win the championship heading into last season but are +900 odds to win the World Series in consecutive seasons. The Rangers could become the outright favorite if they can persuade Ohtani to play for them.

Ohtani has hinted that he’d like to remain on the West Coast due to its proximity to Japan. If that’s the case, then five other teams are in contention to sign him, including Los Angeles Angels, San Francisco Giants, Seattle Mariners, and San Diego Padres.

The Blue Jays have been working towards a deal with Ohtani that could potentially be worth more than $500 million. The addition of Ohtani would make the Blue Jays legit World Series contenders.

The New York Yankees are also interested in adding Ohtani, but word on the street is that Ohtani is skittish on heading to the Big Apple and prefers the West Coast to the East Coast. The Yankees are +2800 odds to sign with the Yankees. The Mets are also interested in adding Ohtani, despite their poor performance this past season.

The pursuit of Ohtani has been shrouded in secrecy, and Ohtani’s agent and representation have warned teams against discussing the negotiating process with the media. The Dodgers are the betting favorite to sign Ohtani, as they are willing to hand over a blank check to Ohtani.

Overall, the race to sign Ohtani is heating up and several teams are vying to land the Japanese star, with the Dodgers and Blue Jays the current front-runners.

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