Shohei Ohtani’s new contract worth more than 4.3 billion yen How does the US media see it? | Full Account

Is the contract to avoid arbitration the result of “risk aversion” by the team and Ohtani?

Angels pitcher Shohei Ohtani avoided arbitration and signed a one-year contract worth $30 million per year (about 4.34 billion yen). “Ohtani is worth more than what he’s been paid,” said Sam Blum, Angels reporter for The Athletic.

The article states that Ohtani will be under the Angels’ control until 2023, and if he were to go to salary arbitration, “it would have been the most interesting arbitration in baseball history.” The reason for this is that “there is no precedent for Otani’s talent, so there is no precedent for arbitration value.”

On the other hand, he said, “I can understand” that Ohtani’s contract with the Angels for next season was reached without arbitration. “While Ohtani 2023 is certainly expensive, it’s still a bargain and a smart choice given the options left.”

That’s partly because Angels owner Moreno is considering selling the team. He speculates that the deal will give those interested in acquiring the franchise a clearer picture of what Ohtani brings to the franchise.

Still, the new deal “does not rule out the possibility of a trade.” He even said the team, worried about annual salary arbitration with Ohtani, “could be thinking about a trade more aggressively.”

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