Ever since the beginning of the offseason, the biggest names in baseball have been Giancarlo Stanton and Shohei Ohtani. I’ve been monitoring everything that’s been going on but I decided that it’s time to become vocal.
Stanton led the Major Leagues in home runs (59), Slugging Percentage (.631), and RBIs (132). He also is the 2017 NL MVP. He plays right field and bats third for the Miami Marlins. In right field, he made four errors in 333 attempts, giving him a .988 fielding percentage. The Marlins are not trying to get rid of him because he’s a bad player. Instead, their reason is that they just had a change of ownership and Derek Jeter wants to get rid of Stanton’s huge contract.
Should Stanton play for the Dodgers? He would like to. The Dodgers are reportedly on the top of his list of teams he will allow himself to be traded to. But do the Dodgers have room? Absolutely not! The right field grass still belongs to our beloved tongue-wagging right fielder Yasiel Puig. Stanton can’t move to center field because Chris Taylor established his presence there this year. And of course, Stanton can’t move to left field because the Dodgers already have enough competition there. Andrew Toles will be healthy and ready for his position and if Adrián González is healthy, Cody Bellinger will be fighting to play in left field. Also, if the Dodgers sign Ohtani, there will be even more competition. Simply, Stanton would be a great addition to the lineup, but there’s no way he would fit in the outfield.
Shohei Ohtani is pretty much amazing. He’s 23-years old and he has already established himself in Japanese professional baseball. He’s an excellent right-handed pitcher, with velocity in the high nineties, and unbelievable spin rate. He’s also a left-handed slugger. He once hit a home run over 500 feet. Even though he’s never put on a Major League uniform, Ohtani is being compared to Babe Ruth.
Ohtani has already narrowed down his options to seven. The Dodgers seem to be at the top of his list. He should also be at the top of the Dodgers list. The Dodgers need another right-handed pitcher as well as another good bat. I even saw an article saying that the Dodgers might be willing to let Ohtani play in the outfield on days he’s not pitching so that they can keep his bat in the lineup. This is something that the American League can’t promise. The Dodgers need to sign Ohtani. Due to international signing rules, he has a fairly low salary cap, making him a perfect choice. Besides, Kenta Maeda needs another Japanese teammate. Please, sign Ohtani!