26 November 2023

Ohtani short-term deal? Japan return more likely, “I won’t give up the highest amount in North American sports history”

By pestfood.com

Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim holds the record for the most expensive contract in Major League Baseball history.

Trout signed a 12-year, $426.5 million extension before the 2019 season. It’s a 10-year, $360 million extension with two years left on his original deal. Technically, it’s a 10-year extension, but we’re treating it as a single 12-year, $426.5 million contract because we’re adjusting for the previous two years of salary. The average annualized value (AAV) is $3.554 million.

The highest free agent contract is the nine-year, $360 million deal signed by Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees last December. The AAV is $40 million, which is about $4.46 million more than a trade. The highest AAVs are $43.33 million for Max Scherzer of the Texas Rangers and Justin Verlander of the Houston Astros. Both pitchers signed with the New York Mets in free agency.

Both the total and AAV records will be broken this winter. Shohei Ohtani could set a new milestone in major league contract history. To do so, he’ll need to sign a long-term contract of 10 years or more. Most local media outlets are expecting an ultra-long contract of 10 years or more, totaling more than $500 million. For Ohtani, a 10-year contract, including an opt-out clause that allows him to choose the length of the contract, would guarantee him a total of more than $500 million.

Will Ohtani do it?

MLB.com published a feature on Aug. 25 titled “5 Questions About Free Agent Ohtani, Answered by the Experts,” in which its writers gave their predictions for Ohtani’s free agency. 보스토토 도메인

The most interesting question is the length of the contract. Until now, Ohtani’s free-agent contract has been widely considered to be 10 years or more, but rumors surfaced in September that Ohtani, who will not pitch next season after undergoing elbow surgery, could sign a short-term deal for two to three years, with the option of hitting the free-agent market again if his pitching resurgence is successful.

MLB.com reports, “Ohtani is rumored to be open to a short-term deal. Does that mean he’s open to hitting the free agent market again after he regains his dominance on the mound, and if so, how likely do you think that is?