The Los Angeles Angels and their star player Shohei Ohtani avoided the arbitration process by agreeing on Saturday to the terms of a one-year contract that will net the versatile player $ 30 million in 2023.
This is the highest amount of money awarded in major league history to a player eligible for arbitration. The Japanese will become a free agent at the end of the next season and will then be able to sign a lucrative multi-year contract with the formation of his choice.
For two campaigns, Ohtani has established himself as one of the players the most electrifying of his sport. Effective both at bat and on the mound, the 28-year-old was voted the American League's Most Outstanding Player last year.
The right-hander continued his momentum by enjoying quite a 2022 season despite the failures of the Angels. With a few games to go, he hit a .276 batting average while racking up 34 home runs and 94 RBIs.
Ohtani is just as dominant as a pitcher, posting a 15-point record. -8 and maintains an ERA of 2.35. He struck out 213 men, the sixth-highest total in major league baseball this year.
In September, he became the first player in major league history to win 10 games and hit 30 longs balls the same season.