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Akshita Patel

REPORTS: New York Yankees Reach Consensus On Shohei Ohtani’s Free Agency Pursuit

It’s no secret that the New York Yankees need reinforcements after an unsuccessful campaign in 2023. But how much Hal Steinbrenner is willing to cash out remains a burning question. The franchise surpassed the luxury tax threshold once and paid a heavy price. Needless to say, they cannot afford to have a repeat of that situation.

Nevertheless, Hal Steinbrenner, being Hal Steinbrenner, won’t shy away from spending a significant chunk. Recently, rumors linked the New York Yankees to Los Angeles Angels superstar Shohei Ohtani, who will enter free agency in 2024. After months of speculations, it seems the Bronx Bombers finally have a clearer stance on their alleged pursuit as the off-season closes in.

   

Yankees Concede To Competition In Mega Shohei Ohtani Free Agency Pursuit!

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Shohei Ohtani, the Angels two-way superstar, is projected to break all records this off-season. The free agent has the potential to become the highest-paid athlete in MLB’s history. A lot of suitors emerged in the past few months, including the New York Yankees. However, it seems the Bronx Bombers’ priorities have changed. Recent rumors state that the Yanks have decided against the idea of offering a contract to Ohtani. While the money factor is obviously the biggest contributor to the decision, the emergence of cheaper alternatives might have also played a huge role. After extending Aaron Judge, the Bombers certainly do not have another $400 million to offer to Ohtani.

Instead, they can acquire someone like Cody Bellinger or Yoshinobu Yamamoto in a relatively cheaper payroll. Bellinger had a breakout year with the Cubs in 2023 and displayed lefty prowess at the Yankee Stadium. The 2024 free agent is a person of high interest to the Yanks, and they are expected to go all in. On the other hand, Japanese ace Yoshinobu Yamamoto is a ticking time bomb waiting to explode in MLB. After spending seven years in NPB, Yamamoto is finally ready to take the big leap. The Yankees need an anchor to Gerrit Cole, and the Japanese ace is a perfect fit. Moreover, Yamamoto’s salary is projected at $200 million for a period of four to five years. That’s a steal deal, given the pitcher’s caliber. Overall, with Aaron Judge in the hood, the Yanks do not believe they need the services of Shohei Ohtani.

Yanks Gunning For Perfect Alternative To Shohei Ohtani!

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Meanwhile, the New York Yankees have discovered a much better alternative to Shohei Ohtani. Since the past many weeks, the Bombers have been strongly linked to Padres superstar Juan Soto. While Soto does not offer two-way services like Ohtani, his offensive prowess is something the Yanks desperately need right now. Soto is a generational star and is coming off a strong season.

Undoubtedly, Juan Soto’s pursuit will come with its own obstacle. But the Yankees’ storied history and championship-winning caliber is something that can lure any superstar to the Bronx. All the front office needs to do is put together an offer so good the Padres cannot refuse. Ultimately, Juan Soto is the key to Bombers World Series dreams.