1. Ohtani joins a lineup that offers unlimited protection
If you're Ohtani, looking around the league and considering what lineup can best support you, is there a better fit than Atlanta? As a hitter, you're going to slot in somewhere around the likely MVP, Matt Olsen, Austin Riley, Ozzie Albies, and Ozuna. It's a power-packed lineup that Ohtani can step into and see his production jump compared to his seasons with the Angels.
While the Angels have had Mike Trout, Ohtani has had his best seasons while Trout has had his worst and dealt with a myriad of injuries. There hasn't been a lot of protection or great hitters around one of the league's most exciting talents.
It is easy to make the assumption that Ohtani would see the most pitches to hit in his career. Atlanta's lineup is going to attract a lot of the league's best hitters. The problem for Atlanta is weighing the cost and where each player might fit. Ohtani has every reason to want to join this lineup. It should be considered the best in the league heading into the 2024 season despite the postseason failure. With Ohtani, it becomes a step past unstoppable.