© Reuters. PHOTO FILE: September 30, 2022; Anaheim, California, USA; Los Angeles Angels first hitter Matt Thaiss (12) designated as hitman Shohei Ohtani (17) and right puncher Taylor Ward (3) celebrate their win over the Texas Rangers at Angel Stadium. Compulsory credit
(Reuters) – The Los Angeles Angels have agreed to sign a one-year, $30 million deal with famous Japanese two-way player Shohei Ohtani as part of an agreement to avoid referees, Major League Baseball said. on Saturday.
The contract awarded to Ohtani, who was named U.S. League’s Most Valuable Player for 2021 after an inspiring season in which he excelled as both hitter and pitcher, is fitting. The largest coin awarded to a player who qualifies for arbitration.
Ohtani, who is likely to get one more start for the Angels in the 2022 season, has had another solid campaign this year and is in race with New York Yankees skater Aaron Judge for the title. AL MVP and also in conversation for AL Cy Young prize is given to the best pitcher.
28-year-old Ohtani, who missed the target in the eighth round against Oakland on Thursday, set a record 15-8 this year as a pitcher with 2.35 ERA and 213 shots.
As a hitter, Ohtani is fourth in the AL with 34 home runs and seventh with 94 RBIs.