The Los Angeles Dodgers have officially signed Shohei Ohtani and the Miami Marlins have reason to celebrate. The price tag was steep which means that other finalists were willing to pay close to the same amount for the star two way player. The Marlins can benefit very well from this signing and we will look at 3 different ways that you may or may not have thought about. There is still one MLB ready superstar that will now have the full focus of bidding in Yamamoto, so hopefully the Marlins can take advantage while teams fight over his services.
Reason 3 - the free agent market will finally go quicker, with Ohtani signed with the Dodgers
Most every team was waiting for a response from Ohtani before moving on and several teams were finalists. All those teams can now move on and trades and signings can happen more freely. Teams will also be able to value some players more directly with the several free agent signings that has happened, this can help give owners a ballpark. Hopefully with that, Sherman now knows the cost of having a great player is high and that he should open his wallet more, whether he will do it or not is another question. Yamamoto is another name that is drawing high demand, and if he signs for top dollar too, the log jam will be fully cleared. The Dodgers and Yamamoto’s future team are both likely out of signing any other big names this offseason. The Dodgers are already shopping players to free up spots on their 40 man roster to place both Shohei Ohtani and Joe Kelly, so they could be helping the Yankees fill a need here shortly, which would take another competitor out potentially.