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Shohei Ohtani is having another MVP-caliber season for the Los Angeles Angels, and the team has rewarded him for his significant contributions with a hefty pay raise for 2023.
Ohtani agreed to a $30 million USD (¥4.34 billion JPY) deal on Saturday, October 1, just days before the 2022 MLB regular season concludes.
The reigning American League MVP, who is set to become a free agent after the 2023 season, avoided a possible salary arbitration hearing by finalizing next year’s contractual terms with the ballclub.
Ohtani’s 2023 contract is the largest ever given to an arbitration-eligible MLB player, surpassing outfielder Mookie Betts’ $27 million deal with the Boston Red Sox in January 2020. He was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers that February.
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Author: Ed Odeven
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