Ohtani, “A Man of 700 Million “

Never before has a contract like this been signed. Shohei Ohtani (29, Japan), a two-hit “baseball genius,” left the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday to sign a 10-year, $700 million contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers of Major League Baseball (MLB). It is the largest contract in world sports history by total value. “It surpasses the four-year, $674 million deal Messi signed in 2017 with Spanish soccer’s FC Barcelona,” MLB.com reported.

“I promise to give my best to the Dodgers,” Ohtani said on social media, “and until the end of my career, I will strive to serve not only the Dodgers, but the entire baseball world.” “My time with the Angels will forever remain in my heart,” he added. In six MLB seasons, Ohtani compiled a 38-19 record as a pitcher with a 3.01 ERA and 608 strikeouts, and as a hitter with 171 home runs, 437 RBIs and a .274 career batting average. He was named the American League’s Most Valuable Player (MVP) for the second time in three years last month

Ohtani’s average annual salary ($70 million) exceeds the entire Baltimore Orioles roster this year ($60.72 million) and the Oakland Athletics ($56.89 million). It also surpasses the previous highest MLB player salary ($43.33 million).토토사이트

The total is also the largest in US sports history. In baseball, it easily surpassed fellow Los Angeles Angels slugger Mike Trout’s $426.5 million (12 years) and the NFL’s $450 million (10 years) for Patrick Mahomes (28, Kansas City Chiefs).

He also surpasses Lionel Messi (36-Inter Miami) in the U.S. and internationally. However, Messi’s average salary is higher. Ohtani’s 92.4 billion won over 10 years would reach 2024 million won if stacked in Korean 50,000 won bills. That’s nearly four times the height of South Korea’s tallest building, the Lotte Tower in Jamsil (555 meters).

Ohtani has vowed to play only as a designated hitter next year as he recovers from an elbow injury. If he plays all 162 games in a year as a designated hitter, he will earn about 570 million won per game. He gets an average of 4.5 at-bats per game, so he earns 126 million won per at-bat. The average salary of a Korean professional baseball player this season is 146.48 million won, so he can earn a year’s salary in one at-bat.

Ohtani has said that he will resume his batting duties in 2025. At that time, he will earn 18.57 million won per pitch and 72.87 million won per at-bat. Assuming he splits his salary (92.4 billion won) between his pitching and batting roles, this is calculated by dividing the number of pitches (an average of 2,487 per year) and at-bats (634 per year) over the last three years.

He will make his debut next March in Seoul.

Ohtani has a special gimmick with this mega-contract. MLB is required to pay a luxury tax when a team’s payroll exceeds a certain size ($237 million). For the Dodgers, who already have a large team payroll ($267.2 million this year), the addition of Ohtani to their roster would be a significant tax burden. That’s why Ohtani has reportedly offered “unprecedented deferrals,” in which he would receive the bulk of his salary after the end of his contract. No word yet on how much he’s willing to defer. This would save the Dodgers money on taxes and allow them to sign other top players. For Ohtani, it’s essentially a lose-lose situation, as his money will be worth less as inflation rises. According to foreign media, Ohtani has effectively signed a “lifetime contract” with the Dodgers by not including an opt-out clause that would allow him to declare himself a free agent again after the contract is terminated. This is a huge “consideration” for Ohtani, who has yet to play in the postseason since joining the MLB in 2018.

For Korean fans, the deal is especially welcome. The MLB office announced in July that the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres will play next year’s league opener in Seoul. The date is March 20-21. The venue is almost set: Seoul’s Gocheokdome. It’s interesting that Ohtani will be facing off against Korean major leaguer Kim Ha-seong, 28, who plays for the Padres. Korean fans will be the first in the world to see Ohtani in his new uniform.

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