3. Braves looking to increase payroll and this will do it
Shohei Ohtani is undoubtedly looking for a massive contract. It is unlikely that his injury and inability to pitch next season has lowered his asking price too much, but you never know. Ohtani obviously put up ridiculous numbers at the plate a season ago, leading the American League in home runs. This alone could keep his asking price in the $300-500 million range for a long-term deal.
If there is one GM in all of baseball who could sign a player like this for a little bit cheaper, it’s Alex Anthopoulos. Atlanta has almost all the pieces they need to compete for a World Series title for several years to come. Ohtani could just be the piece the Braves need to complete the puzzle.
Word is that Ohtani wants to play for a team that is built to win. Los Angeles isn't close to winning a World Series so it makes sense that a team like Atlanta has his attention. The Braves are set to compete for the next five years at least.
Ohtani has been stuck with the Angels where he consistently misses the playoffs. Atlanta could be the place where he feels like he is most likely to succeed. If winning is more important to Ohtani than the money is, AA could talk him into a short-term deal as opposed to the 10+ year contract he is most likely seeking.
The Atlanta Braves are still not expected to win the Shohei Ohtani sweepstakes but their name may be mentioned more than most thought during the off-season.