Angels and superstar Shohei Ohtani agree new contract

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The first two-way talent Major League Baseball has seen since the run of Babe Ruth in the early 1900s, Shohei Ohtani, will remain a member of the Los Angeles Angels for at least one more season after reaching a new extension deal of contract.

Amid the Angels’ seventh consecutive sub-.500 campaign, the organization, which is 31 games behind the American League West division in its last game against the Texas Rangers, hasn’t failed to reach the playoffs for another year.

However, the latest front office decision will retain his unique phenom in an Angels uniform for the 2023 season – pending any future trades.

“The Angels today agreed to a one-year, $30 million contract with RHP/DH Shohei Ohtani for the 2023 season,” the organization’s communication said. announced on Twitter. “With the agreement, the arbitration process is avoided.”

The $30 million figure sets a record for an arbitration-eligible player — previously set by Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Mookie Betts with $27 million in 2020.

Ohtani, who has now spent five years – his entire big league career – with the Angels after five years of professional baseball in Japan, has established himself as arguably the best player in the game today. After introducing his ability to both take the mound during games while entering the batter’s box, Ohtani has since blossomed – earning himself AL MVP honors last season after hitting 46 home runs while winning nine games as a starter with a 3.18 ERA in 23 outings.

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