The Cardinals, Red Sox and Giants are among the clubs that need to be all-in next season. What big moves can win-now teams make to paint themselves into the playoff picture?
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Angels GM Billy Eppler talks to Buster Olney about his club's signing of Shohei Ohtani, his excitement when he heard the news, how the team plans to use Ohtani's skill set this year and more.
- Scioscia: Angels to use Ohtani as DH, pitcher
- Prized prospect Ohtani to sign with Angels
- Sources: Expect MLB probe after Ohtani choice
- Mariners, Angels add cash for pursuit of Ohtani
Shohei Ohtani could be the most exciting player in baseball, but there are reasons for optimism and pessimism in fantasy ahead of his debut.
Japan's biggest star left tens if not hundreds of millions of dollars on the table to come to America two years early. That's the gravity of playing on the world's biggest stage, and with the world's greatest player.
Buster Olney talks to Jerry Crasnick about the massive Ohtani and Stanton deals, what else we can expect from the winter meetings and more (8:19). Plus, Clark Spencer on the Marlins' side of the Stanton deal (27:40), Alex Speier on how the Red Sox may respond (37:59) and Rob Biertempfel on the possibility of the Pirates beginning a massive rebuild (44:54).
Clubs like the Giants, Cardinals and Cubs have to move on to other key areas for improvement. What positions and players will they prioritize now?
Manager Mike Scioscia says the Angels will use newly signed Japanese star Shohei Ohtani as their designated hitter on many days when he isn't serving as a starting pitcher.
Marly Rivera ESPN Writer
Yadier Molina hosted a celebrity softball game and HR Derby to bring joy to his island of Puerto Rico, devastated by Hurricane Maria. Yadi had the opportunity to share the experience with his two older brothers, Bengie and José Molina.
Marly Rivera ESPN Writer
Los hermanos Molina se juntaron en su isla de Puerto Rico para traerle alegría al pueblo después del catastrófico Huracán María. Yadier Molina es el anfitrión de un "Home Run Derby" y un juego de softball de celebridades, donde compartió junto a sus hermanos Bengie y José.
Michael Wilbon and Tony Kornheiser react to the Los Angeles Angels signing Shohei Ohtani, recap the TNF action, and weigh in on the Houston Rockets' eight-game winning streak.
L.A. just got a difference-maker at a fraction of the price. The Angels still have holes to fill, but now they have even more incentive to fill them.
Being a two-way player will be a challenge for Shohei Ohtani, but he immediately makes the Angels better and a whole lot more fun to watch.
ESPN MLB Insider Buster Olney explains how Shohei Ohtani ended up with the Angels.
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The Ohtani effect: the Angels odds to win the World Series improve from 50-1 to 30-1 (via Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook).
Ben Fawkes ESPN Staff Writer
Japanese star Shohei Ohtani's signing with the Los Angeles Angels had ripple effects in Las Vegas as well. The Angels go from 50-1 to 30-1 to win the World Series at the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook.
David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer
Shohei Ohtani has made his decision and he's going to the Angels. Can you imagine the celebrating right now in the Angels front office? One thing for sure: the Angels are going to get a lot more national TV exposure this year. It makes sense that Ohtani went to an AL team where he can DH between starts. For the Angels, that means giving Albert Pujols more time at first base. With Ohtani, a full season from Mike Trout, and maybe a new second baseman, the Angels jump into one of the favorites for a wild card.
Shohei Ohtani, a 23-year-old Japanese right-hander with a 100 mph fastball and devastating left-handed swing, picked the Angels over six other teams, his agent said Friday.
Despite repeated warnings by MLB prior to Shohei Ohtani's decision to play for the Angels, sources told ESPN they wouldn't be surprised if there was an investigation into the process.
After weeks of wooing, persuading Shohei Ohtani to sign might be the easy part. Now the Angels need to figure out how to sustain his success as a two-way star.
For these five teams that will be paying the price for extra punch through trades or free agency, S.O.S. might as well stand for Send Over Sluggers.
The decision to stay on the West Coast between visits to the Seahawks and Rams is working out for the Eagles, who have taken over the Angels' digs.
In separate deals, the Mariners and Angels each sent a prospect to the Twins in return for $1 million in international bonus allocations. The two teams are among seven teams still being considered by Japanese star Shohei Ohtani.