Agent Nez Balelo of CAA Sports announces record-breaking contract
In a groundbreaking deal, Shohei Ohtani has signed a 10-year, $700 million contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers, making it the largest deal in baseball history. The announcement was made by Ohtani’s agent, Nez Balelo of CAA Sports, who described Ohtani as a “unique, historic player.”
Ohtani expressed his excitement to join the Dodgers organization, stating that he and his agent structured the contract to reflect a long-term commitment from both sides. He also expressed gratitude towards the other organizations that showed interest in him during the negotiation process.
Deferred money to lower luxury tax payroll
According to The Associated Press, the deal includes deferred money that will help lower the amount counted towards the Dodgers’ luxury tax payroll. This strategic move allows the team to manage their finances effectively.
Ohtani’s remarkable performance in 2023
In the 2023 season, Ohtani showcased his exceptional skills as a two-way player. At the plate, he led the majors with a .654 slugging percentage and a 1.066 OPS. His .412 on-base percentage ranked second, and he hit 44 homers, placing him fourth in the league. Ohtani’s .304 batting average was also impressive, ranking ninth overall.
On the mound, Ohtani continued to excel, with a 10-5 record, a 3.14 ERA, and 167 strikeouts in 132 innings pitched. His ERA ranked ninth among pitchers who threw at least 130.0 innings, and his K/9 rate was sixth. In terms of AL pitchers with a similar number of innings, he ranked fifth and third, respectively. Ohtani’s outstanding performance resulted in a 10.0 WAR, leading the majors by a significant margin.
Ohtani gives heartfelt thanks to Angels and fans
Ohtani took to Instagram to express his gratitude towards the Los Angeles Angels organization and their fans. He thanked them for their unwavering support throughout his six years with the team and acknowledged the impact they had on his career.
Despite his departure from the Angels, Ohtani emphasized that the memories and experiences he gained during his time with the team would always hold a special place in his heart.
Recovery from elbow surgery and plans for the future
Due to a right elbow injury, Ohtani will not be pitching in the 2024 season. He underwent surgery to repair his ulnar collateral ligament, which marked the second time he had undergone a procedure of this nature.
Ohtani’s agent, Dr. Neal ElAttrache, provided details about the surgery, assuring fans that Ohtani is expected to make a full recovery. ElAttrache stated that Ohtani would be ready to hit without any restrictions by Opening Day of 2024 and would resume both hitting and pitching duties in 2025.
Ohtani’s highly anticipated free agency
Ohtani’s impending free agency garnered widespread attention in the baseball world. After signing a one-year, $30 million contract with the Angels before the 2023 season, Ohtani’s future has been a constant topic of discussion. Now, with his record-breaking deal with the Dodgers, Ohtani’s career trajectory has taken an exciting turn.