DH,SP - FA
Free agent two-way star Shohei Ohtani has been voted as the AL MVP for the second time in his career.
Not only does Ohtani possess multiple MVP awards, he is the first player in MLB history to win the award unanimously on two occasions. He has had the 2024 award locked up for months as he hit .304 with 44 home runs, 20 stolen bases, and a 1.066 OPS across 599 plate appearances while working to a 3.14 ERA along with a 31.5% K% across 23 starts for the Angels this season. The free agent will not pitch in 2024 after undergoing a second UCL procedure in September but should still land a historic contract on the open market.
SP/DH Shohei Ohtani has declined the qualifying offer from the Angels.
Ohtani is not expected to pitch next season due to a UCL injury, but is expected to land with a contender as a hitter for the 2024 season. The free agent will likely be looking at one of the largest contracts in history and the Angels will get a draft pick should Ohtani sign with a new team.
The Angels have extended a qualifying offer to SP/DH Shohei Ohtani.
The qualifying offer is set at $20.325M for a one-year deal. Ohtani will likely reject the offer as he is in line for a major payday. The move will ensure that the Angels get draft compensation should Ohtani ink a deal with a new team.
According to a statement released by his agent, Shohei Ohtani underwent an unspecified elbow procedure, presumably to repair the torn UCL in his pitching arm.
The procedure was not described as Tommy John surgery, so there is speculation that it was a repair versus full reconstruction. According to a statement from the surgeon, Ohtani should be ready to hit without restriction in 2024, but he will not pitch again until 2025. What team that will be for remains to be seen with his impending free agency. The 29-year-old's fantasy value takes a hit with news that he won't do both next season; however, he slashed .304/.412/.654 in 2023, so he should be in the Top 3 DHs during draft season.
Angels SP/DH Shohei Ohtani will miss the remainder of the regular season with an oblique injury.
Ohtani was placed on the 10-day IL Saturday, but according to Jeff Fletcher, this is just the first piece of the story. There is more information that will be released this afternoon on why Ohtani cleared out his locker after Friday’s game. Ohtani is set to be a free agent after the season.