Shohei Ohtani and the Los Angels Angels have agreed to a one-year deal worth $30 million and avoid arbitration as reported by ESPN’s Jeff Passan.
Ohtani’s $30 million deal is the largest ever signed by an arbitration-eligible player and will be his final deal before becoming a free agent after the 2023 season. The deal avoids an interesting and unique arbitration hearing as Ohtani’s distinction as the game’s only true two-way player gives him arguably more leverage in contract negotiations than any player since Babe Ruth a century ago. Ohtani is currently slashing .276/.359/.529 with 34 home runs, 94 RBI, 88 runs scored, 71 walks, and 11 stolen bases in 636 plate appearances this season. He is also 15-8 with a 2.35 ERA, 1.03 WHIP, and 213 strikeouts in 161 innings across 27 starts in 2022.