Blue Jays’ Efforts to Sign Shohei Ohtani Unsuccessful, GM Expresses Dismay

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Toronto Blue Jays General Manager Ross Atkins expressed disappointment on Wednesday that Shohei Ohtani chose to sign with the Los Angeles Dodgers instead of the Blue Jays, despite meeting with the team and visiting their spring training facility in Dunedin, Florida.

Atkins confirmed that Ohtani’s meeting with the Blue Jays took place, but did not disclose the date. He acknowledged that the team was “very disappointed” with the outcome, but praised the effort and collaboration that went into pursuing Ohtani.

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Atkins emphasized that the Blue Jays were genuine in their pursuit of Ohtani and did not use their interest to extract a better offer from another team.

He also highlighted the team’s efforts to sign other players, including Kevin Kiermaier and Isiah Kiner-Falefa, who have joined the team on one and two-year deals respectively.

Atkins believes that these additions, combined with the team’s existing talent, will make the Blue Jays a strong contender in the upcoming season.

Despite missing out on Ohtani, the Blue Jays are confident in their current roster and believe they have a solid foundation to build on.

Atkins indicated that the team is still looking to add to its outfield and designated hitter positions, but is not actively seeking to trade away from its major league team.

The Blue Jays are focused on building a well-rounded team that can compete at the highest level, and Atkins is optimistic about the team’s chances in the upcoming season.

While the Blue Jays were disappointed to miss out on Ohtani, they are moving forward with a positive outlook and a strong team in place. With a mix of experienced players and young talent, the Blue Jays are poised to make a strong push in the American League East.