5 reasons the Red Sox deserve to be the front-runners for Shohei Ohtani

The two-way star is poised to make a decision as soon as free agency opens and has seemingly narrowed his top choices to the Dodgers, Rangers, and Red Sox.
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It's no secret to anyone that Shohei Ohtani has pitched his last game with the Los Angeles Angels after not being able to crack the playoffs in his tenure there, but in making his decision about where he goes next, there has been a lot of mystery surrounding that.

There have been numerous reports ranging anywhere from the Chicago Cubs splurging when they normally wouldn't to a team like the New York Mets making a splash and adding to their rotation and lineup that much better.

According to ESPN.com's Jeff Pasan, Ohtani "has affinity for three teams." Those three teams are the Texas Rangers, Los Angeles Dodgers, and Boston Red Sox.

While the two-way star is not expected to pitch again until 2025, and is expected to serve exclusively as a designated hitter in 2024 after getting elbow surgery at the end of the 2023 season, don't expect that to diminish his value as he is expected to come back with a vengeance on the hill once he is fully recovered from surgery.

FanSided insider Robert Murray recently said that Ohtani might make his decision earlier than expected.

Here's why the Red Sox deserve to be Ohtani's top choice.