The Angels agreed with Shohei Ohtani on a record $30 million contract for 2023, avoiding arbitration.
The deal doesn’t change Ohtani’s future with the team, as the two-way player and 2021 American League MVP had been under control with the Angels for a year before it went free.
The two sides were simply finalizing negotiations that would have taken place in January or February a few months earlier.
It is likely that the Angels and Ohtani will postpone decisions about the two-way player’s future after 2023 until after the team is sold. Owner Arte Moreno announced in August that he was exploring a deal.
Ohtani’s $30 million deal breaks the record for a player eligible for arbitration. Mookie Betts made $27 million in his final year of arbitration after signing a deal with the Boston Red Sox in early 2020.
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