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Shohei Ohtani’s torn UCL will reportedly not decrease his value sufficient to place him in vary for the San Diego Padres.
One govt instructed Jon Heyman of the New York Put up there’s “no means” the Padres can afford to signal Ohtani, who might turn into the primary $500 million participant in Main League Baseball historical past.
Earlier than this week, the “might” was virtually definitely a “will,” as Ohtani appeared primed to shatter all baseball information when he hits free company subsequent winter. His analysis of a torn UCL in his proper arm threw a monkey wrench into his pending free company, with it now being unlikely that Ohtani will be capable to pitch till 2025.
Ohtani is planning to proceed serving as a chosen hitter whereas deciding his plan of action.
That is the second time Ohtani has suffered a torn UCL throughout his enjoying profession. The primary resulted in him lacking the whole 2019 season as a pitcher after which struggling mightily as a hitter and pitcher in 2020.
Ohtani has since blossomed over the past three seasons into baseball’s greatest participant, a generational slugger on the plate and a bonafide ace on the mound. Whereas he is more likely to nonetheless land a large contract this winter, there must be important concern concerning his future—notably as a pitcher.
It will not be a shock to see groups tie incentives into Ohtani’s contract to make sure he’ll be capable to pitch (and pitch properly) over the course of what is going to probably be a deal that pushes him into his late 30s.