Shohei Ohtani Rumors: A Running Thread of Shohei Ohtani Free Agency Rumors


The 2023 MLB Winter Meetings in Nashville, TN should have the tagline: “The Shohei Ohtani Show.” All eyes in the baseball world are on Nashville and Shohei Ohtani as the future Hall of Famer decides his baseball future.

Here’s what we know so far:

  • Ohtani is likely to make a choice on his next team by the end of the week according to reports.
  • Almost every team in Major League Baseball has “checked in” on the two-time American League MVP. The incumbent Los Angeles Angels, the Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Yankees, and San Francisco Giants are the clubs most tied to the slugger.
  • The Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs, and New York Mets have shifted their focus from the slugger, reports ESPN’s Jeff Passan.
  • Ohtani’s contract is expected to eclipse $600MM in total value.

Got all that? It’s a lot to follow and it’s seemingly ever changing. To make it easier, let’s compile all the Ohtani news in one place, okay? Okay! Here’s a running thread of Shohei Ohtani rumors (note: the most recent rumor is at the top):

Shohei Ohtani Rumors: A Running Thread

Friday 12/8/2023

Nightingale with the hot tag to Jim SiriusXM’s Jim Bowden! (5:14 PM)

Or maybe he’s not on a plane! (5:11 PM)

Ohtani is en route to Toronto, he has not signed with anyone reports Jon Morosi. Also he’s not going there for Pizza Pizza and some Molson XXX’s. (4:10 PM)

Not so fast my friends! (2:15 PM)

Ohtani has not made a decision to sign with the Toronto Blue Jays, or any team, as of yet.

— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) December 8, 2023

Shohei to the Blue Jays “confirmed” from an LA news site. (2:00 PM)

More from Morosi, Toronto is a finalist. (9:09 AM)

Today could be decision day for Ohtani, reports Jon Morosi. (8:39 AM)

Thursday 12/7/2023

We’ve got one! The Dodgers have reportedly asked Joe Kelly about switching from No. 17, reports Bob Nightengale. (8:-05 AM)


Wednesday 12/6/2023

Uh oh, curveball! Former Chicago Cubs pitcher Ryan Dempster, who is now a member of the media, chimes in with a “mystery team” being involved with Ohtani. (1:43 PM)

Ohtani is likely to make a decision by the end of the weekend, reports Jon Morosi. (11:53 AM)

The Los Angeles Dodgers and Toronto Blue Jays appear to be the finalists for Ohtani, reports USA Today’s Bob Nightengale. (7:05 AM)

Tuesday | 12/5/2023

Ohtani couldn’t see himself playing in New York, per Jon Heyman. (8:58 PM)

Cubs GM Jed Hoyer is pissed off with Bob Nightengale over reports the Cubs’ optimism has waned. LINK (7:10 PM)


The Cubs haven’t heard from Ohtani’s camp, reports Megan Montemuro. (5:42 PM)

Ohtani and his camp don’t want rumors getting out! Youse have been warned! (3:13 PM)

Ohtani met with the Los Angeles Dodgers recently at Dodger Stadium, confirmed by LA manager Dave Roberts. (2:30PM)

Chicago Cubs no longer believe they’re in the running for Ohtani. (12:43PM)

Ohtani is believed to have met with Toronto Blue Jays officials on Monday in Dunedin, FL, per Ken Rosenthal. (12:30 AM)

Monday | 12/4/2023

Blue Jays are also aggressively pursuing Ohtani, per multiple sources. (9:45 PM)

Where there’s smoke there’s fire?’s Mark Feinsand believes Ohtani returns to the Angels (9:45 PM)

Back to Orange County? ESPN’s Buster Olney seems to think Ohtani’s return to the Angels makes a ton of sense. (7:00 PM)


Jon Heyman of the New York Post believes Shohei Ohtani will wait until after this week to sign with a team. LINK (3:54 PM)

Scribe Bob Nightengale Believes Ohtani Signs with the Dodgers

Braves Engaged with Ohtani (10:43 AM)

Sunday | 12/3/2023

Ohtani’s Decision Timeframe

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