Shohei Ohtani Signs Historic $700 Million Deal with Dodgers
Shohei Ohtani, the two-time AL MVP with the Angels, has set a new record by getting a 10-year, $700 million contract from the Los Angeles Dodgers. The financial deal surpasses Mike Trout’s $426.5 million contract with the Angels and Max Scherzer and Justin Verlander’s deals with the New York Mets. Ohtani’s contract includes previously unprecedented deferred money and will lower the amount it counts toward the Dodgers’ luxury tax payroll. Ohtani issued a lengthy statement expressing his gratitude to everyone involved with the Angels. He pledged to do what’s best for the Dodgers and for the baseball world until the last day of his playing career. His decision to move to the Dodgers comes after six successful years with the Angels, where he redefined modern baseball. He has expressed his excitement to join a lineup that includes 2018 AL MVP Mookie Betts and 2020 NL MVP Freddie Freeman. Ohtani has been a force in baseball both on and off the field, with a .274 batting average and a 39-19 record as a pitcher. Despite suffering injuries along the way, Ohtani has become one of the most marketable athletes in the world due to his incredible achievements in baseball.