San Francisco Giants: How Ohtani Could Effect Stanton
By Jake Mastroianni
With the Shohei Ohtani situation heating up, we look at how his choice could effect the San Francisco Giants chances of trading for Giancarlo Stanton.
It was reported Sunday night that the Giants are one of the seven finalist to land Ohtani. Most teams will be meeting with him in Los Angeles this week to give their pitch.
According to Jon Heyman, the Giants have the worst odds to land Ohtani. The biggest determent is that he may not get to hit as much because of there not being a designated hitter spot in the National League.
But, the biggest development that could keep Ohtani from San Francisco is Stanton.
If the Giants were to land Stanton, then there wouldn’t be an opening in right field where Ohtani could get some playing time.
We don’t know which decision is going to come first, but one could certainly effect the other.
I know Giants fans have dreams of landing both, but that seems like a long shot.
We know Ohtani wants to hit and pitch, and his best chance at doing that is with an American League team.
At least that pretty much eliminates the Dodgers, who are also in a bigger market, which Ohtani wants to avoid.
On the other hand, I think signing Ohtani would increase the chances of getting Stanton. We know the slugger wants to play for a winner, and he might not be convinced the Giants are a winner after 2017.
If the Giants can land Ohtani that would certainly be a huge factor in his decision to accept a trade to San Francisco.
So if you’re a Giants fan dreaming of getting both superstars, then you hope it’s Ohtani who comes first.
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In the case for the Giants, where one goes could very well effect where the other one goes. Here’s to hoping they both choose the Giants!