Baseball Player Shohei Ohtani, Angels Agree on $30 Million Deal for 2023 Season

Two-way superstar Shohei Ohtani and the Angels announced on Saturday that they have a $30 million contract for the 2023 season, avoiding the arbitration process. It is the highest amount for an MLB player to qualify for arbitration.

Ohtani will earn $5.5 million in 2022, the final year of a two-year deal. Unless the team signs him to a long-term deal, he will be eligible to become a free agent after next season, when his free agency is expected to spark a historic bidding war.

The Japanese-born pitcher and outfielder/designated hitter is the defending American League Most Valuable Player after hitting 46 homeruns last year and going 9-2 on the mound, surpassing by some measures that season this year.

He takes a 15-game run in Saturday-evening’s game against the Texas Rangers in Anaheim. He hits .276 this season with 34 home runs and 94 RBI.

Ohtani was even more sensational on the mound, setting a 15-8 record averaging 2.35 runs earned with 213 strikeouts in 161 innings, and flirting with a no-hitter Thursday night in the team’s 4-2 win over the Oakland A’s at Engel Stadium.

The 28-year-old phenom gave up his first hit with two outs in the eighth inning — a single by Conner Capel — and was relieved in the ninth inning, where he settled on a two-hitter with 10 strikeouts for his 15th win of the season, two behind leader Justin Verlander of the Houston Astros.

Despite Ohtani’s remarkable performance since he made his MLB debut for the Angels in 2018, the team has struggled during that time, each year finishing with a losing record and failing to make it into the postseason. Those on-field struggles and the organisation’s uncertain future, with owner Artie Moreno recently announcing that he is exploring a sale of the team, have led most analysts to speculate that Ohtani is unlikely to sign with the Angels after 2023.

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