Reports throughout the weekend have indicated that Ohtani has been meeting with teams in Los Angeles with the indication being that a decision is near.
Ohtani met with Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts "a couple days ago for two to three hours," ESPN reports. "Clearly, Shohei's our top priority," he told ESPN.
According to reports, the teams still on Ohtani's radar are the Dodgers, Chicago Cubs, Toronto Blue Jays, and the Angels – the team where Ohtani was named the league's Most Valuable Player two years in a row.
Los Angeles Angels Pitcher Shohei Ohtani. (Photo by Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
According to ESPN's Jeff Passan, the range for Ohtani's record-breaking deal could be more than $500 million, possibly $600 million, which would surpass Mike Trout's $426.5 million deal with the Los Angeles Angels for 2019-31 and Mookie Betts' $365 million pact with the Los Angeles Dodgers for 2021-32.
Jon Heyman of the New York Post reports that Ohtani has already received multiple offers over $500 million.
"Two-way superstar Shohei Ohtani is believed to already have received multiple bids well north of $500 million, and some speculate he could even wind up as baseball’s first $600 million man — or come close, at least," the report reads.