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Sunday, October 02, 2022

Shohei Ohtani to make $30 million in 2023, record amount for arbitration-eligible player

Shohei Ohtani has agreed to a $30 million deal with the Los Angeles Angels for the 2023 season in the two-way superstar’s final year of arbitration eligibility before free agency.

The Angels announced the deal Saturday, avoiding a potentially complicated arbitration case with the 2021 AL MVP.

Ohtani’s deal is fully guaranteed, with no other provisions. The deal is the largest one-year contract ever given to an arbitration-eligible player, surpassing the $27 million given to Mookie Betts by the Boston Red Sox in January 2020, a month before he was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Ohtani’s $24.5 million raise from his 2022 salary is by far the largest for an arbitration-eligible player in major league history. He shattered the previous record of $9.6 million set by Cy Young Award winner Jacob deGrom of the New York Mets when his pay was bumped from $7.4 million to $17 million before the 2019 season.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 02, 2022 at 12:50 PM | 51 comment(s)
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Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Japan’s affinity for Los Angeles Angels star Shohei Ohtani examined in ‘Searching for Ohtani’

In the process, says Verlander, the younger brother of two-time Cy Young, MVP winner and World Series champion Justin Verlander, he also discovered his true meaning.

Verlander spent 10 days in Japan last month traveling to Shohei Ohtani’s hometown, going to ballgames, visiting Ohtani’s former coaches and teammates, his hometown mayor, fans and children, and returning for a one-hour interview with Ohtani in Los Angeles.

It will all be unveiled in Fox Sports’ show “Searching for Shohei: An Interview Special”, a 60-minute show produced by sports media company Religion of Sports, which will be broadcast Oct. 18 on FS1 after Game 1 of the ALCS. ...

“I was told by so many people in Japan that people there aren’t the most outspoken,” Verlander said. “They don’t speak up, don’t speak boldly, so I am their voice on the other side of the world. How can you not be affected by that?

“When I got over there, I was blown away by the response. The response was unbelievable. There were grown adults coming to see me, some traveling four hours, coming to see me for meet-ups. There were gifts, magazines, posts with my picture on them.

“There were kids who broke into tears. One girl burst into tears and couldn’t bring herself together. I was blown away. Kids there were asking for my autograph. It was emotional for me, emotional for them.

“Looking back, I saw some of the coolest things in the world.

“Really, it was the coolest experience in my life.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 28, 2022 at 04:14 PM | 7 comment(s)
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Thursday, September 15, 2022

Is WAR really capturing Ohtani’s full value?

3) What about the extra roster spots he’s saving?

This is the tricky part. He’s theoretically allowing the Angels to get two players (a DH and a pitcher) out of one roster spot. That probably should have some value. But how much?

Here, it gets complicated too. The larger the roster, the less value this seems like it would have, and rosters have been larger. This year, rosters were 28 players for the first month. Then, in May, they shrunk to 26 players, but teams could still roster 14 pitchers. Only in June did we get back to to 26 players/max 13 pitchers, but for only three months, because in September, rosters went back up to 28 again.

It’s almost certainly worth something. It’s just not exactly clear how to say how much.

As Russell Carleton wrote, regarding the potential flexibility of Ohtani’s versatility, “we can start to see how that value can be a few tenths of a win. That’s not huge, but it’s real value.”

That sounds right. It’s not that WAR is fully capturing the value of versatility, because it’s likely not. It’s that it’s hard to see it being a massive amount of uncollected bottom-of-the-roster value when the Angels have, including Ohtani, all of 10 players worth at least 1 WAR. (While WAR is not team specific in this way, the Dodgers have 19. The end of a 28-man roster is an endlessly rotating collection of players.)

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 15, 2022 at 12:31 PM | 96 comment(s)
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Wednesday, August 24, 2022

An Angels sale could increase chances of Shohei Ohtani trade; these five teams are best positioned to land him

1. Los Angeles Dodgers
The Dodgers have been enamored with Ohtani dating back to when they tried to sign him out of high school. He chose to play professionally in Japan instead, but it’s unlikely the Dodgers harbor any ill will about his decision. Top executive Andrew Friedman is no stranger to making blockbuster trades, and his best-in-show player development apparatus has once again armed him with a warchest of top youngsters to offer to the Angels. The Dodgers could dangle some combination of catcher Diego Cartaya; righties Bobby Miller, Ryan Pepiot, and Gavin Stone; and infielders Miguel Vargas and Michael Busch. The one potential snag in a Dodgers pursuit is if the Angels elect against moving Ohtani to their biggest geographical rival.

2. New York Mets
The Mets have a lot of things working in their favor. Owner Steven Cohen has demonstrated time and again that he’s willing to spend big on top talent; general manager Billy Eppler is the same executive who signed Ohtani in the first place; and the Mets have several notable youngsters they could float the Angels’ way. That group includes rookie third baseman Brett Baty and catcher Francisco Álvarez, who is one of the best prospects in the game. The Mets could even include one of their first-round picks from this past summer, be it catcher Kevin Parada or shortstop Jett Williams. Unlike in the Juan Soto talks, there’s no intradivisional weirdness to get in the way.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 24, 2022 at 10:37 AM | 31 comment(s)
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Monday, August 15, 2022

The AL MVP race is closer than you think

Mike Petriello, analyst, stats and research: It’s very fair to penalize Aaron Judge because he doesn’t pitch. Pitching is hard! Ohtani is very good at it! And he’s also an elite hitter. I feel like maybe we’re bored by that now, but we shouldn’t be? It is still wildly insane.

Footer: Right, but can we really just give Ohtani the MVP every year of his career just because he does two things well?

Sarah Langs, analyst/researcher: If Ohtani weren’t still doing both at an elite level, this is a different discussion.

Petriello: Well. Yes. The lukewarm answer here is it’s perfectly reasonable to say either of these two could or should be MVP. I won’t exclude Ohtani because his team is bad. I won’t exclude Judge because he doesn’t pitch. I have my preference, but both have very good cases.

Anthony Castrovince, reporter/columnist: On the one hand, to vote anybody other than Ohtani for MVP is to normalize Ohtani’s truly unique skillset. I don’t wish to normalize it one bit. Ohtani is a freak of nature, and, while his offense isn’t quite what it was last year, his pitching is much better. For me, only something truly outlandish/historic/what have you can overtake the total value Ohtani has provided a terrible Angels team. But as of now, Judge has provided that.

Langs: He’s a better pitcher than last year … and he’s top five in barrel rate. Judge has a great case, too—and this is different than 2021 since that had the novelty.

Footer: We all have our definition of what MVP means. I tend to lean toward this barometer—if you take this person out of the lineup, what happens to his team? (I do think MVP should be awarded to a hitter; pitchers have their own award.) And while I think there are exceptions, for the most part, I’m pretty unmoved by a great player on a non-contending team. I think Judge has more value because his team is a contender, and if you take him out of that lineup, I can see things going sideways a little bit for the Yankees.


RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 15, 2022 at 11:26 AM | 35 comment(s)
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Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Quite a Sho: Ohtani ties Ruth, passes Ichiro in same game

Another night, another milestone. Such is the life of two-way superstar Shohei Ohtani.

In Tuesday night’s 5-1 win over the A’s, Ohtani added not just one, but three feats to his already lengthy list of career accomplishments.

In short: Ohtani joined Babe Ruth in an exclusive club, moved up on the all-time home run list for Japanese-born players and set a single-season career high in strikeouts. Yes, all that in one night.

“I feel like every time we’re out there, he does something special,” interim manager Phil Nevin said. “Tonight, certainly another great milestone for him.”...

Ohtani tossed six scoreless innings to earn his 10th win of the season for the first time in his Major League career. He joins “The Babe” as the only two players in AL/NL history to win at least 10 games on the mound and hit at least 10 home runs in the same season. Ruth did it over 100 years ago, going 13-7 on the mound while going deep 11 times for the Red Sox in 1918.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 10, 2022 at 12:56 PM | 19 comment(s)
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Friday, July 29, 2022

Angels trading Shohei Ohtani is extremely unlikely, but not out of the question, per report

Would the Los Angeles Angels really trade All-Star pitcher/designated hitter Shohei Ohtani while he’s at the peak of his career? It’s been a question bandied about for a few weeks now.

Thursday, the New York Post reported that there’s at least a remote possibility it could happen. An Ohtani trade remains “extremely unlikely,” but the Angels are “perhaps for the first time not hanging up the phone” when teams come calling on Ohtani, so says the report.

Speculation here is that the Angels would wait until after a Juan Soto trade and then any team wanting Ohtani would need to beat whatever the Nationals got for Soto. Soto is younger and likely more of a sure thing moving forward, but Ohtani is essentially two players.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 29, 2022 at 08:50 AM | 4 comment(s)
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Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Ohtani up for 2 ESPYs, including Best Athlete, Men’s Sports

Angels superstar Shohei Ohtani, Orioles first baseman Trey Mancini and the World Series champion Atlanta Braves are among the 2022 ESPY Award nominees, which were released Tuesday.

Ohtani is nominated in two categories: Best MLB Player and Best Athlete, Men’s Sports. Ohtani won the former award last year and is up against reigning NL MVP Bryce Harper, Yankees slugger Aaron Judge and 2021 World Series MVP Jorge Soler this year.

Wait, what?

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 28, 2022 at 04:35 PM | 7 comment(s)
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Thursday, June 23, 2022

Shohei Ohtani follows up career-high 8-RBI night with career-high 13 Ks

It’s really important we don’t take Shohei Ohtani for granted.

The Los Angeles Angels pitcher is coming off the greatest two-way season in the history of MLB — yes, even better than Babe Ruth — and he may very well surpass it this year. He is a talented unprecedented in baseball, but he’s become so big it’s hard to even remember how impossible the idea of him seemed as a prospect.

So when he does something like, say, post a two-homer, eight-RBI performance, then strike out 13 batters across eight shutout innings, we should probably do our best to appreciate it. Therefore, let’s talk about the last two days.

Hombre Brotani Posted: June 23, 2022 at 05:26 AM | 53 comment(s)
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Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Kansas City Royals overcome Shohei Ohtani’s 2 HRs, 8 RBIs to edge Los Angeles Angels

Shohei Ohtani hit two three-run homers, including a dramatic tying drive in the bottom of the ninth inning. He drove in a career-high eight runs, the most by a Japanese-born player in major league history.

And somehow, it still was not enough for his Los Angeles Angels to beat the Kansas City Royals.

Whit Merrifield led off the 11th inning with an RBI double, and the Royals overcame Ohtani’s historic performance for a 12-11 victory Tuesday night.

Ohtani crushed a 423-foot homer in the sixth and a tying, 438-foot shot in the ninth, giving him the biggest RBI game of his five-year stateside career. The American League MVP then set the single-game record for RBIs by a Japanese-born player with a sacrifice fly in the 11th inning.

Although he never complains publicly, Ohtani would be perfectly justified in feeling frustrated by his Los Angeles teammates’ tepid pitching performance behind his latest heroics. But the Royals knew they won with some remarkable hitting of their own, including landmark games for both Carlos Santana and rookie Bobby Witt Jr.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 22, 2022 at 08:29 AM | 11 comment(s)
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Tuesday, June 14, 2022

Rosenthal: What to do about Shohei Ohtani long-term: A complicated equation for the Angels [$]

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Ohtani’s current two-year, $8.5 million deal with the Angels expires at the end of the season. After that, he will be eligible for a final year of salary arbitration, effectively entering the process as two players, a pitcher and hitter. And after that, he will be eligible for free agency, again qualifying — assuming he stays healthy — as an unprecedented entry in the market, the equivalent of a rock star who simultaneously plays both lead guitar and drums.

The Angels, according to sources, had informal discussions regarding an extension for Ohtani late in spring training with his agent, Nez Balelo of CAA. Club officials expressed an understanding that to sign Ohtani, they would need to award him a record average salary, surpassing Max Scherzer’s $43.3 million. But the Angels, at least at that time, were reluctant to make the kind of long-term offer Ohtani almost certainly would command on the open market, sources said. Ohtani, coming off an MVP season, was at the peak of his value, much like Judge is right now with the Yankees. The talks never gained traction…

Even if Moreno is willing to go all-out for Ohtani, the choice would not simply be his alone. In January, Ohtani indicated to The Athletic’s Sam Blum that he did not want to discuss an extension until his current two-year deal was complete. The closer he gets to free agency, the less willing he might be to entertain such a deal, particularly if the Angels continue to flounder. The team currently is 29-33, 8 1/2 games out of first place in the AL West and 3 1/2 out in the race for the third wild card.

After Ohtani’s final start last season, which the Angels concluded with a 77-85 record, he told reporters, “I really like the team. I love the fans. I love the atmosphere of the team. But more than that, I want to win. That’s the biggest thing for me. So, I’ll leave it at that.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 14, 2022 at 01:21 PM | 15 comment(s)
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