Shohei Ohtani

Shohei Ohtani set yet another MLB record Saturday. This one came at the negotiating table.

The Los Angeles Angels and Ohtani reached an agreement on a record-setting $30 million contract for the 2023 season. It’s a huge raise for Ohtani, who made only $5.5 million this year. It also allows the two sides to avoid arbitration this offseason.

“Plenty of people in the industry were curious to see how his case would unfold, with Ohtani being the most unique player possible,” tweeted ESPN’s Jeff Passan. “Instead, he and the Angels settled and avoided answering that.”

This sets a record for a one-year contract, topping the $27 million deal Mookie Betts signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers after the 2020 season.

The 2021 AL MVP is set to become a free agent after next season, and that long-term contract will be mind-boggling. Many observers on Twitter pointed out that $30 million per year is a real bargain for the superstar.

Ohtani is having another incredible season, both at the plate and on the mound. He’s hit 34 home runs with an .888 OPS. He has posted a 15-8 record with a 2.35 ERA as a pitcher. He’s finishing strong despite the Angels’ struggles as a team. Thursday night, Ohtani took a no-hit bid into the eighth inning before losing it with two outs.He extended his hitting streak to 14 games the same night.

The fact that he is even in the conversation for AL MVP given Aaron Judge’s historic season shows he is remarkable.

[MLB.com]

 

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