San Francisco Giants reporter wasn’t surprised to see Shohei Ohtani sign with Dodgers

Dec 11, 2023, 3:53 PM

Fans wear the jersey of Shohei Ohtani #17 Los Angeles Angels before the game against the Minnesota ...

MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA - SEPTEMBER 23: Fans wear the jersey of Shohei Ohtani #17 Los Angeles Angels before the game against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field on September 23, 2023 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images)

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Jeff Young, who covers the San Francisco Giants for Around the Foghorn, joined Stiles & Watkins Monday afternoon to discuss the impact of Shohei Ohtani joining the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Young shared that he was unsurprised to see Ohtani sign with the Dodgers for various reasons. “I think it was always going to the Dodgers, although the Blue Jays would have been a nice fit,” he said. “I know they were in the mix as well.”

The two discussed the rumors that had circled regarding Shohei Ohtani considering coming to the Bay Area, questioning how far along into the process they could have gotten.

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With Shohei Ohtani now out of the picture, the question becomes, where do the Giants go from here? Young and Stiles dive into that topic during their conversation. Should they focus on improving the bullpen or the rest of the roster?

Should San Francisco consider pursuing Cody Bellinger? Or maybe Matt Champman? After debating those names, a few more were mentioned as well.

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Other topics discussed include:

  • Could the San Francisco Giants be in contention for signing Yoshinobu Yamamoto?
  • Current thoughts on President of Baseball Operations Farhan Zaidi
  • How much blame does Zaidi deserve for the current roster construction
    • There are difficulties in attracting talent while missing the playoffs in recent seasons. The Giants have had one winning season since 2017.
  • Players like Juan Soto (San Diego Padres) and Bryce Harper (Philadelphia Phillies) joined teams that were underwhelming at the time… so, what the difference?
  • Logan Webb is the lone bright spot on San Francisco’s roster
  • How does Shohei Ohtani joining the Dodgers impact the National League West as a whole

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