One View of Pursuing Ohtani
This is one person's view concerning the possible upcoming free agency of Shohei Ohtani.
There have been many predictions that Ohtani may be the first $500M player. The reaction of most people is that a price tag like that eliminates the Twins. But, does it?
If Ohtani becomes a free agent, I think the Twins should make a quick offer of 8 years at a total of $480M (an AVV of $60M). WTF? you say? Why not? You get a genuine "ace" and a top tier outfielder wrapped up in a single person. The top three free agent pitchers in 2022 signed for an average AVV of $32M and the top three free agent hitters signed for an average AVV of $27M (or $59M combined). The offer looks outrageous but it is in line with the going rate. It also frees up an additional roster spot! And, from what I am hearing on MLB radio and TV, the merchandise sales in Japan alone might cover the entire salary. It is certainly worth taking a shot at signing Ohtani. Tell his agent it is your BAFO (best and final offer) and is good only for 24 hours. If he signs, great. If he doesn't sign, you gave it your best shot.