Shohei Ohtani, finally signed with a team. Ohtani, kept much of his free agency secret, invoking an almost Area 51, sans soleil (French for sunless) aurora around the process. Babe Ruth, the most famous name in baseball, and the best comparison to Ohtani, has finally met his match in baseball immortality. Shohei Ohtani is a Los Angeles Dodger. The Dodgers are getting a historic talent in Ohtani. Rivaling Babe Ruth, Shohei Ohtani changes the landscape of baseball on a historic level. With all said, MLB can finally move on, as Ohtani has held up the free agent market. The contract signed by Ohtani is historic and outside of the Mariners scope,
The Mariners and their fans can finally move on from the Ohtani sweepstakes. So much hope was held in the Mariners signing Shohei Ohtani, The Mariners were a logical spot for Ohtani, as he provided a role in the DH spot as a 2x MVP, a slot in the rotation in 2025, and a pure get not only from a player side but a marketing side. Ohtani, brings a huge marketing boost in the Seattle market which has a lot of Asian influence.
The Mariners are a playoff team, based solely off their pitching. The Mariners, are now in a position of strength, as the Juan Soto trade to the Yankees and Ohtani signing with the Dodgers allows the MLB free agent market to move along. The Mariners can finally set a market for their young starting pitchers. There are some bats out their to get in Jorge Soler and Justin Turner for the Mariners to sign.
The Mariners have a huge power gap that needs to get addressed. The trade of Eugenio Suárez and the non qualifying offer of Teoscar Hernández opens a huge power hole in the Mariners lineup. The Mariners can replace the deficiency by adding Jorge Soler. Soler is a massive power hitter, and would provide any team with a boost in the power department,
The Mariners have an open window to contend. Julio Rodriguez is a generational talent to build the team around. With a pitching staff any team would love to have, the Mariners can still compete. Not signing Shohei Ohtani doesn't mean the team cant win a World Series, it just means the Mariners didn't sign the sexist free agent in MLB history.