Poor Jon Morsi.
And I mean that. The dude might be one of the most excellent, sincere, and honest brokers I have ever met, and I’ve met him a BUNCH.
This week, Jon alleged Shohei Ohtani was on a flight from LA to Toronto to sign with the Blue Jays. Because Jon is THE gold standard (outside of Jeff Passan, he’s one of the MLB rumor GOATS), we all went apeshit like it was a done deal.
Within 12 hours of Jon’s tweet, Baseball Twitter exploded with multiple reports that Ohtani hadn’t left SoCal and wasn’t on a flight to Toronto within 24 hours. Shohei Ohtani was a Dodger – signing for ten years – $700 MILLION.
And just like that, Toronto Blue Jays fans got Kawhi’d in what some call the biggest insider baseball mistake ever.
However, suppose you read the greedy baseball agent tea leaves. In that case, it looks like Toronto was always leverage, and Jon, along with a couple of other key baseball insiders, was used as leverage too.
Aaron Judge established a new model for playing dirty in negotiations.
It’s my belief that the Judge camp, directly or indirectly, fed Jon Heyman the false report that he was joining SF.
I believe the Ohtani camp did the same to Jon Morosi yesterday. pic.twitter.com/zYHeGsZtec
— Yankees Slut (@YankeesSlut) December 10, 2023
CAA represents Shohei Ohtani. They also represent Billionaire TV Entrepreneur Robert Herjevec. Who was “anonymously on that fated flight to Toronto that was supposed to be carrying Ohtani to his forever baseball home – Toronto.
Suppose we’re to believe a few essential baseball accounts with no stake in the rumor mill. In that case, Shohei’s agent was negotiating until the eleventh hour, leaked bullshit to JP Hoonstra and Jon Morosi, put a fellow client on a plane, and brought a Twitter account back to life from 8 years ago to force the Dodgers’ hand.
And it worked.
Dodgers Nation, who initially reported that the Blue Jays were signing Ohtani, now reporting that the Dodgers upped their bid last night and were also given a chance to match any final offer. Believe what you will. pic.twitter.com/T6N4fQdN2k
— Brandon Wile (@Brandon_N_Wile) December 10, 2023
– Fed Morosi and JP Hoornstra fake info about Ohtani to Toronto to scare the Dodgers for extra money
– Conveniently had client Robert Herjavec fly from Anaheim to Toronto
– The account that originally tweeted the flight plan had zero tweets since basically 2014 (burner)
— 🇵🇸 (@LeafsNeedGod) December 10, 2023
If this is true, and it sounds WAY more plausible than not, Holy Shit, Jon Morosi and the city of Toronto should have a lifelong beef with Ohtani and his agent(s). This is WAY worse than Kawhi’s head fake (not that THAT “plane trip” wasn’t theater, too).
Because Jon is a gentleman, he fell on his sword. Because he’s honest and accountable – he pinned that apology and hasn’t tweeted since.
If I’m Jon Morosi, I’m publishing every DM, text, and email from anyone involved in cooking up the “Let’s fuck an entire country of baseball fans, Jon Morosi and JP Hoonstra Over” Psy Op.
-Sexual history (I’d make it up out of spite:)
You name the method of fucking over the people who fucked me, and I’d do it all in this sitch. Entire scorched earth against the people who used me and the hopes of a country to squeeze a few dollars out of a baseball team that doesn’t have a spending soul.
Ohtani’s agents know the currency of a Morosi and his (formerly) sterling reputation and didn’t give a single shit about it or him, if true, and there are too many chess pieces moving in the same direction for it not to be.
Jon would NEVER make shit up and would NEVER not double back to check sources before committing to that kind of information, so something STINKS here.
And it’s not Jon Morosi.
While I can appreciate the sleight of hand and a Dragon’s Den connection to the worst non-day in Toronto Sports History and Jon Morosi’s professional life, we got played so Shohei’s agents could grab an extra $150 million for themselves and their client.
So stop dunking on Jon. It looks like his “mistake” was engineered, and we were never really in the mix.
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