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Today on Pinstripe Alley - 12/12/23

Another curveball from the Shohei Ohtani deal has the offseason rolling.

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

It was wild enough to see Shohei Ohtani finally make his decision to join the Dodgers, and now that we’re getting details of his free agency and the contract he ultimately got it’s only looking wilder. Ohtani utilized his unique position in the sport as a global icon with endorsement deals flowing left and right to set up a massively-deferred deal with Los Angeles, earning just $2 million a year during his actual contracted years and then $68 million per year for the next decade afterwards. He did so to benefit the Dodgers in the luxury tax department and allow them to continue to make upgrades, and while its a perfectly legal move in the CBA it’s been highly controversial to many outside opinions so far. We’ll see what the fallout of it becomes, but for now one thing is clear — the Dodgers are still in on plenty of other names.

Focusing back on the Yankees, Sam starts us off today with a look at an affordable upgrade to the middle of the rotation that the Yankees could consider in Seth Lugo. Peter examines the newest arm that the Yanks got in their trade with the Dodgers and how Victor González looks as a Wandy Peralta replacement. Andrew has the honor of enshrining Tino Martinez into the Top 100 Yankees today, and Josh closes us out with a fun look back at Juan Soto’s complex first homer ever and how the Yankees were involved in it.

Questions/Prompts:

1. How crazy will the Dodgers get this offseason now that the deferred money on Ohtani’s deal was announced?

2. How high will the bidding for Yamamoto get with a true three-team race between the New York teams and LA forming?