Shohei Ohtani’s highly anticipated free agency decision could be coming soon. Reports about Ohtani have heated up, and the MLB superstar could sign a new contract by the end of the weekend. The Dodgers have long been considered the frontrunners to sign Ohtani, but the Blue Jays, Giants and incumbent Angels are among the other teams in the mix. Ohtani, a two-way superstar and the sport’s most valuable player, is likely to shatter the record for the largest contract in baseball history, and his new deal could exceed $500 million.
Ohtani posted a 10-WAR season in 2023 in 135 games for the Los Angeles Angels and picked up his second career American League MVP award in the process. He had a league-leading 1.066 OPS (184 OPS+) and 44 home runs at the plate, and a 3.14 ERA (142 ERA+) with 167 strikeouts in 132 innings on the mound. Ohtani will not pitch in 2024 after undergoing elbow surgery, but a return to the mound is likely in 2025.
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