Elbow injury → FA ‘Ranking No. 1’ Who can stop Ohtani, ‘release’ Bellinger No. 2

An elbow injury didn’t stop Shohei Ohtani’s value. Ohtani still holds the top spot in the major league preliminary free agent power rankings.

On the 30th (Korean time), reporter Mark Feinsand of MLB.com, a local American media, introduced the top 10 FA rankings. Reporter Painsand selected Ohtani as the number one reserve free agent.

In 23 games as a pitcher this season, he recorded 10 wins, 5 losses, and an ERA of 3.14. In particular, it is currently ranked first in the home run category in the major leagues as well as in the bWAR, which is the contribution to victory of Baseball Reference, a major league statistical site, with a figure of 9.9.토토사이트

There was also a big variable for Ohtani, who performed tremendously. On the 24th, Ohtani, who played as the starting pitcher and second batter in the first game of the double header against the Cincinnati Reds, felt something wrong with his body and came down the mound after only 1⅓ innings. At the time, a close examination immediately after the early grounding revealed that Ohtani had damaged the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. After that, it was decided not to pitch as a pitcher for the rest of the season. Whether or not he will undergo surgery is yet to be determined.

Nevertheless, the media said, “Ohtani will occupy the hottest headlines in the Stove League,” and “although he may need surgery, Ohtani is still the most valuable reserve free agent. Even looking at it, he seems like a player who can sign a 10-year, $400 million contract.” 

In particular, reporter Feinsand explained, “We expect to return as a pitcher in the 2025 season, but there is a possibility that it will fall short of the estimated amount measured when there was no injury.” “Nevertheless, Ohtani will sign contracts worth more than $500 million,” he said.

Meanwhile, Cody Bellinger of the Chicago Cubs, who was notified of release from the Los Angeles Dodgers, ranked second in the power rankings. Bellinger is showing a perfect recovery with a batting average of 0.320, 20 home runs and 75 RBIs in 100 games this season. Compared to last year when he posted a batting average of 0.210, he became a completely different person. MLB.com said, “Bellinger forgot the pain of being released. He is playing a hot role as a reserve free agent.”

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