No team was able to make a deal with two-time unanimous American League MVP Shohei Ohtani by the time Major League Baseball's winter meetings concluded Thursday.

But there has been no shortage of speculation, with reports that the Los Angeles Dodgers asked veteran reliever Joe Kelly if he would be willing to give up his No. 17 jersey if Ohtani signs.

Combined file photo shows Shohei Ohtani of the Los Angeles Angels hitting his 40th home run on Aug. 3, 2023, and pitching for his 10th win on Aug. 9, 2023, both in Anaheim, California. (Kyodo)

The two-way star also made an impromptu visit to the Toronto Blue Jays' player development complex in Dunedin, Florida, indicating he is considering a move to Canada.

Earlier in the week, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts revealed he met with Ohtani and said signing him was the club's "top priority" this offseason.

With the San Francisco Giants and his first MLB team the Los Angeles Angels also in the running, Ohtani is expected to finalize his decision sometime soon.

File photo shows Yoshinobu Yamamoto pitching for the Orix Buffaloes in a Pacific League baseball game against the SoftBank Hawks at Kyocera Dome Osaka on May 13, 2023. (Kyodo)  

Japanese right-handed pitcher Yoshinobu Yamamoto also remains without a team, but a number of franchises are pursuing his signature.

The New York Yankees remain one of his suitors after completing a blockbuster trade to bring in outfielders Juan Soto and Trent Grisham from the San Diego Padres in exchange for five players.


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