Rosenthal: Shohei Ohtani is worth $500 million in free agency, even if he’s only a hitter

Rosenthal: Shohei Ohtani is worth $500 million in free agency, even if he’s only a hitter

He’s still worth $500 million, if not more.
Shohei Ohtani has a torn ulnar collateral ligament (UCL), but remains the best hitter in the game. He will be a free agent at 29, two years younger than Aaron Judge was entering the open market. The Yankees gave Judge a nine-year, $360 million contract, and there was no possibility he could pitch. There still is with Ohtani.
Even if Ohtani requires a second Tommy John surgery and cannot pitch in 2024, the best guess is he will return to the mound. In his six major-league seasons, he has defied every prediction, every expectation, repeatedly…


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