The headline of this offseason has been Shohei Ohtani. The two-way superstar's free agency has been highly anticipated and the rest of the market has been held up waiting for Ohtani to decide where he wants to play going forward.
While the Brewers are not involved in Ohtani's market due to his exorbitant price tag, one of their biggest rivals was. Shohei Ohtani has announced he's signing with the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Cubs end up missing out on free agency's biggest fish.
The most eye popping part of all this is not that Ohtani went to the Dodgers, but how much he signed for. He agreed to a 10 year, $700MM contract, blowing away the previous record set by his former Angels teammate Mike Trout.
With that amount of money, Ohtani now will receive as much money as the Brewers owner, Mark Attanasio is worth. Attanasio has a publicly reported net worth of $700MM himself. Ohtani now is at the exact same level of ownership in terms of money.
Rarely do players get that close to having as much money as team owners, but Shohei Ohtani is a rare player. Attanasio, while wealthy by normal standards, is on the lower end of net worth among MLB owners. This just points to the absurdity of what Ohtani does and the value he can bring to a franchise.
Even though Ohtani is now coming to the National League, making Milwaukee's path to a World Series that much more difficult, the good news of this is that Ohtani did not choose the Cubs.
Ever since poaching Craig Counsell to be their manager, the Chicago Cubs have been sitting around this offseason and not doing much and that's mostly because they're putting themselves squarely in the pursuit for Shohei Ohtani. They were at one point rumored to be out of the sweepstakes but that report was walked back.
But that race came to an end and the Cubs missed out.
The Cubs may pivot to other options on the market to flex their financial muscles, but their muscles weren't strong enough to bring in Ohtani and after him, there's not that many big fish available in free agency. What started as a dream offseason for the Cubs and a nightmare for the Brewers is turning into more of a nightmare for Chicago and the Brewers are dreaming on the next 10 years of Jackson Chourio in a Milwaukee Brewers uniform.