Pedro Martinez thinks that Shohei Ohtani will signal with Pink Sox this winter

Pink Sox

“I might like to have him.”

Los Angeles Angels' Shohei Ohtani in the dugout during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox Friday, May 14, 2021, at Fenway Park in Boston.
Shohei Ohtani has been linked to the Pink Sox already this offseason. AP Picture/Winslow Townson

The Shohei Ohtani sweepstakes received’t formally start till the 2023 World Collection concludes.

However even earlier than the free-agent feeding frenzy begins this winter, there have been loads of studies linking the Pink Sox to the Angels famous person.

The 29-year-old DH/pitcher will be unable to take to the mound in 2024 whereas recovering from elbow surgical procedure. However with the perennial MVP candidate nonetheless anticipated to slug on the plate subsequent season (and return to pitching in 2025 and past), Ohtani may nonetheless rewrite the file books this offseason when it comes to a hefty new contract.

Rely Pink Sox legend Pedro Martinez amongst those that assume that Boston would be the one handy Ohtani that profitable contract this offseason.

“I feel he’s going to be enjoying in Boston,” Martinez instructed Sports activities Illustrated. “I might like to have him. However I feel LA can also be fitted to him. I feel San Diego could possibly be one other staff the place him and his pal, Yu Darvish, may most likely meet collectively. I do know (Kodai) Senga is on the Mets they usually also can carry the cash to pay him. So it’s gonna be a number of groups that may additionally afford him. These are the few locations that I can consider Ohtani perhaps touchdown. However I’ve to say Boston No. 1.”

Given Martinez’s apparent connections and affinity towards the Pink Sox, it comes as little shock that the Corridor-of-Fame righty thinks that his former staff would be the one to reel in Ohtani throughout the offseason.

However a number of MLB reporters have hinted on the shared curiosity between the Pink Sox and Ohtani and the opportunity of a deal being struck.

Given Boston’s need to bolster its roster (and generate loads of headlines) after posting its third last-place end in 4 seasons, a marquee free agent like Ohtani has loads of attraction. 

“Shohei Ohtani and the Pink Sox are beginning to be linked increasingly,” Jon Heyman wrote within the New York Submit earlier this month. “One govt with an staff stated he believes they’re an actual menace. Ohtani has a brand new huge cope with New Stability out of Boston. Maybe extra necessary: The Pink Sox must stability issues out after three last-place finishes in 4 years.

“If the Pink Sox do land Ohtani, perhaps their trustworthy neglect Mookie Betts. For a short time, anyway.”

Final month, Peter Gammons famous on X, the platform previously referred to as Twitter, that an “N.L. Government lengthy aware of Shonei Ohtani believes he’s occupied with Boston, partly due to his relationship with New Stability CEO Jim Davis.”

The case could possibly be made that the Pink Sox are higher served using their spending energy on a number of confirmed starters like Yoshinobu Yamamoto, Blake Snell, Aaron Nola, Lucas Giolito, and Jordan Montgomery.

But when a generational expertise like Ohtani or Juan Soto is up for grabs this offseason, the prospect of bringing that star energy to Boston could be too tempting to go up.