2. Los Angeles Dodgers
Since landing Freddie Freeman and Mookie Betts over the past few seasons, the Dodgers' splashy moves have slowed. There was a time when any top free agent hit the market, you could expect the Dodgers to be in the mix. Keeping Ohtani in California and offering the star the Dodger brand makes a lot of sense. Clearly, the Dodgers have taken a step back with the Braves being the favorite and young underdog teams like the Arizona Diamondbacks and Philadelphia Phillies thriving in the postseason.
To once again be the favorite in the league, the Dodgers need this type of splashy move. Dodgers fans would embrace the star and it would be a perfect fit from a marketing standpoint. However, you have a Dodgers team dealing with a myriad of pitching injuries already.
Their big spending needs to be fixing the rotation and Ohtani isn't going to help the rotation right away. Ohtani is an investment that would pay for itself when you consider what the star brings. However, do the Dodgers prefer to chase players who can contribute to the rotation in the immediate?