As the August 1st trade deadline swiftly approaches, the baseball world is buzzing with rumors and speculation.
Unsurprisingly, all eyes are on Shohei Ohtani of the Los Angeles Angels, as he garners the most attention. It’s not just Japan, but the entire United States, where media and fans alike are anxiously watching.
The burning question remains: will Ohtani stay with the Angels or venture elsewhere? Check out the accompanying photos for further insight.
A New Contract Worth Over 70 Billion Yen?
What lies ahead for Ohtani? Let’s explore the potential scenarios.
If the Angels do not trade him, Ohtani will become a free agent.
The odds of Ohtani extending his contract with the Angels by the end of the season and avoiding free agency are close to zero. There’s no rush for Ohtani and his agent to make a decision. They can compare and evaluate contract proposals from the Angels and other teams before making a final call.
Under the current circumstances, the Angels have offered Ohtani a qualifying offer (QO) as he hits free agency. This one-year renewal contract is presented by the player’s registered team.
The offered amount is determined by the average of the 125 highest annual salaries. Last season, 14 free agents were given a QO of $19.65 million per year, with Martin Perez (Texas Rangers) and Joc Pederson (San Francisco Giants) accepting and staying put.
It’s highly likely that Ohtani will decline the QO from the Angels. Accepting it would serve no purpose for the star player.
While Ohtani’s current annual salary stands at $30 million (about 4.18 billion yen), the exact value of the QO is yet to be finalized. However, it is anticipated to be around $20 million (approximately 2.79 billion yen). Additionally, the value of Ohtani’s new contract could range from $500 million to $600 million.
By comparison, the largest deal in MLB history is Mike Trout’s $426.5 million 12-year contract (2019-2030), which carries an average salary of $35,541,667. Excluding extensions, the highest among free agent contracts is Aaron Judge’s (New York Yankees) 9-year, $360 million agreement (2023-2031), averaging $40 million per year.
With the August 1st trade deadline fast approaching, rumors and speculation abound.
Of course, Shohei Ohtani (Los Angeles Angels) is the one who has received the most attention. It would not be an exaggeration to say that the media and fans all over the United States were watching, not just in Japan.
Will Shohei Ohtani stay with the Angels or leave? See photos associated with this article
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What are the possible scenarios from here?
First, Ohtani will be a free agent off the job if the Angels don’t release him in the trade.
The scenario of extending the contract with the Angels by the end of the season and not becoming a free agent is as close to zero as possible. Ohtani and his agent don’t have to rush. This is because it is possible to renew the contract with the Angels after comparing and examining the contents of the contracts submitted by the Angels and other teams.
The Angels are offering a qualifying offer (QO) to Ohtani, who has become a FA. This is a “one-year renewal contract” that can be offered by the team the player is registered with.
The amount presented is the average amount of the 125 highest annual salaries. Last season, 14 free agents were offered a QO of $19.65 million per year, and two of them – Martin Perez (Texas Rangers) and Joc Pederson (San Francisco Giants) accepted and stayed.
Ohtani will decline a QO from the Angels. No matter how you look at it, there is no point in Ohtani receiving a QO.
Ohtani’s annual salary this season is $30 million (about 4.18 billion yen). The amount of the QO has not been finalized yet, but it will be around $20 million (about 2.79 billion yen). Furthermore, the value of Ohtani’s new contract could range from $500 million to $600 million.
By the way, the biggest deal in MLB history is Mike Trout’s $426.5 million 12-year (2019-2030/year average of $35,541,667). Aaron Judge’s (New York Yankees) 9-year, $360 million contract (2023-2031 / annual average of $40 million) is the highest among free agent contracts, excluding extensions.
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