Highly-coveted free agent Shohei Ohtani ultimately stayed in the United States, opting to join the Los Angeles Dodgers.
This is what he revealed on his Instagram account last Saturday. Ohtani signed a 10-year contract worth $700 million. It is the most lucrative contract in MLB history, easily beating Mike Trout’s mark of $426.5 million.
“First of all, I would like to express my sincere gratitude to everyone involved in the Angels organization and the fans who have supported me for the past six years, as well as to everyone involved in every team that participated in this negotiation process,” Ohtani. wrote.
The Dodgers defeated the Toronto Blue Jays, the San Francisco Giants, the Atlanta Braves, the Chicago Cubs, and the Los Angeles Angels, the team where the Japanese superstar played the first six seasons in North America.
“And to all Dodgers fans, I promise to always do what’s best for the team and to always continue to give my all to be the best version of myself.”
The one who is as good at bat as he is on the mound has been voted this year’s American League MVP. This is the second time he has won this prestigious honor.
After elbow surgery, Ohtani will not be able to pitch next year but will remain useful in the offense. During the last campaign, he maintained a batting average of.304, totaling 44 home runs and 95 RBIs. On the mound, the right-handed gunner maintained a 10-5 record and a 3.14 ERA.
The agreement signed by the Japanese with the Dodgers is the largest contract in the history of major baseball. The old brand belonged to Ohtani’s former teammate, Mike Trout. In March 2019, he signed a 12-year, $426.5 million contract.
In addition, the Dodgers had to pay the fee for the Angels’ draft picks because the Californian team made a qualified offer to Ohtani.
Exactly six years ago, Ohtani announced his arrival in the major leagues with the Angels, with the goal of becoming the first player since Babe Ruth to play both a position player and a pitcher in the majors. planet league. .
He can say his mission has been accomplished, having proven his worth as an outfielder, designated hitter, and gunner. However, several injuries have robbed him of many starts on the mound since 2019.
Originally, Ohtani wanted to jump to North America after his high school career. The Hokkaido Fighters, a Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) team in Japan, still chose to draft him with the first pick in the 2012 auction. The risk paid off for this organization, as Ohtani changed his mind and stayed. in his country.
In the Japanese circuit, the Oshu native has won a championship, an association MVP award, and five invitations to the All-Star Game in as many seasons. He was also the best hitter and best pitcher in the Pacific League twice.