Shohei Ohtani free agency: Flight trackers, contradicting reports cause chaos Friday.
Shohei Ohtani did not reach a deal with an MLB team on Friday, leading to heightened speculation and anticipation among fans.
– MLB Network reporter Jon Morosi set the stage, suggesting Ohtani's decision was imminent, potentially on that day.
The confusion was fueled by reports of a private flight from John Wayne Airport near Anaheim to Toronto, making the Blue Jays the center of attention.
Over 4,000 people followed the public flight tracker, creating a social media frenzy and making it the most tracked flight on FlightAware.
The day held significance as the six-year anniversary of Ohtani's decision to sign with the Los Angeles Angels, adding a layer of anticipation.
The Toronto Blue Jays, Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago Cubs, San Francisco Giants, and Los Angeles Angels were reported as finalists earlier in the week.
Despite the frenzy, Ohtani left the Winter Meetings without committing to any team, leaving fans and other MLB free agents in suspense.
The day's events mirrored the tracking behavior often seen in college football when coaches are on the move, adding a unique element to the baseball offseason drama.
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