Admit it, now that Shohei Ohtani has announced his (epic) signing with the Los Angeles Dodgers, the enthusiasm of the hot stove season has diminished a little bit. I don’t know if any of you ever snuck into your parents’ closet as a child and found your Christmas gifts earlier, but it dulls the shine of the morning a whole bunch. It kind of feels like that now that we don’t have to wake up every day wondering “will Ohtani decide today?”
There are still months to go before pitchers and catchers report, and plenty of free agent signings, but I have to be honest, now that Ohtani has signed I’m having trouble getting super enthused. There will still be exciting moments ahead, but for now, we still have some Ohtani news to look at, specifically regarding all the deferrals of his contract.
Here’s a little more Ohtani insight.
- Fabian Ardaya and Evan Drellich explain those massive deferrals in Ohtani’s contract. (The Athletic subscription required.)
- Michael Baumann reacts to the Ohtani deferrals.
- Jon Becker seeks to explain the 97% deferral. Yup, deferrals were a big topic of discussion.
- Tom Verducci gets insight right from Shohei’s agent about how the contract came together.
- Emma Baccellieri has the story of how a Shark Tank star got mistaken for Ohtani and ruined several reporters’ days.
- Stephen J. Nesbitt also looks at the hilarious absurdity of the private jet drama. (The Athletic subscription required.)
- Bradford Doolittle looks at how Ohtani might earn his $700 million over the next 10 years.
Now onto the rest of today’s links!
- No surprise here.
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- Alex Eisert looks at some free-agent catcher signings.
- Adam Berry thinks of some considerations in a potential Tyler Glasnow deal.
- Kyle Kishimoto reports on some relievers who are returning to former teams.
- Bryan Hoch reports on Juan Soto’s first time addressing the press as a Yankee.
- Mark Feinsand returns his attention toward Yamamoto and where he’ll land.
- Zack Greinke says he wants to pitch again, even though his last season wasn’t great. Reported by Patrick Andres.
- Brent Maguire tries to determine who the hottest unsigned free agent is now.
- Jim Bowden tries to predict where the remaining hot free agents will sign. (The Athletic subscription required.)
- Maria Guardado reports on the San Francisco Giants' singing of Jung Hoo Lee.
- Joe Kelly shows he has a sense of humor about giving up his number as his wife Ashley announces his new digits. Story by Dan Gartland.
- Michael Clair introduces us to the new Giants’ outfielder Jung Hoo Lee.
- New York Mets’ prospect Ronny Mauricio has torn his ACL. (AP)
- Alden Gonzalez reports that Julio Urias’s domestic violence case has been turned over to the District Attorney.
- Ken Rosenthal looks at what’s next for the Angels now that they’ve lost their two-way superstar. (The Athletic subscription required.)
- This is actually pretty funny.
And tomorrow will be a better day than today, Buster. Make it so.