After the single CRAZIEST day of rumors, reports, conflicting stories, misinformation, and all of Twitter tracking the wrong plane, we finally have something to report.
Actually, Shohei Ohtani is reporting it himself, sharing the news on his Instagram:
Despite the twists and turns, Shohei Ohtani ultimately heads where we all thought he was always going. He’s signing with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
And the deal is comically large:
That is almost double the largest contract ever, and absolutely blows away the largest AAV ever. Decently fair guess now – which was our guess all along – that Ohtani and his camp were able to leverage the other offers (probably a huge one from the Blue Jays, in particular) to get the Dodgers to up their offer. Apparently a LOT.
Then again, if it is majority(?!) deferred, the actual value of the contract could be much lower:
More coming soon.