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Today on Pinstripe Alley - 12/10/23

The day after the baseball world was rocked.

Manager Media Availability at the 2023 MLB Winter Meetings Photo by Daniel Shirey/MLB Photos via Getty Images

After days of rumors, and a Friday full of crazed speculation regarding Shohei Ohtani’s free agency, it’s fitting his decision actually came quietly and out of nowhere, confirmed by the man himself on his Instagram page. It’s Ohtani to the Dodgers, for $700 million over ten years. Even if deferrals may ultimately reduce what Ohtani’s deal is worth in a theoretical sense, it’s still earth-shaking, the kind of sports move that you likely will remember where you were when it happened.

On the site, Noah takes a look at three pitching prospects poised to take a step forward in 2024, crucially, with the Yankees’ pitching depth having been thinned out. Also, Noah discusses Hank Bauer, next up in our Top 100 series, while Matt writes on the Yankees who finished their careers with 1.000 OBP’s, but zero at-bats.

Questions/Prompts:

1. Describe the sound you made when you saw the details of Shohei Ohtani’s contract with the Dodgers.

2. What do you make of NPB phenom Rōki Sasaki asking to be posted?