Until a decision is officially made and signed, the biggest story of the MLB offseason will be where Shohei Ohtani is going to play next. And as you can imagine, when the whole sports world is watching something, oddsmakers will set a market.
DraftKings Sportsbook has released odds for Ohtani's next team, and Texas Rangers fans are shocked at how far down the list they are.
Rangers Odds: Shohei Ohtani
The Texas Rangers have just +900 odds to be Ohtani's next team, which ranks No. 6 in the MLB and gives them an implied probability of only 10%. This is surprising for a couple of reasons.
First of all, money is not going to. be an obstacle here. If the Rangers want Ohtani and he wants to be a Ranger, the franchise will pay whatever it takes. I have no doubts in my mind about that.
Second, the teams in front of him would be some weird choices. I know that New York Yankees fans believe that every baseball player's biggest true desire to wear the pinstripes, but the rest of the country knows that just isn't true.
I'll concede that there's a good chance Ohtani ends up staying in California, so I won't begrudge the Dodgers and Giants ranking ahead of the Rangers, but the Mets, Cubs and Yankees all ranking ahead of Texas? No way. For my money, Texas is probably the most likely non-Cali destination for Ohtani.
Of course, the offseason is young and Ohtani is going to be in no rush to get this deal done. He's the kind of generational, franchise-altering player that teams will have no trouble waiting around for. They'll all be formulating backup plans in case they miss out, but most of the other big-name free agents' futures won't be decided until Ohtani's is.
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