8 years, $320 million.
A shocking prediction has emerged that Shohei Ohtani (29, free agent) will not receive less than $500 million this winter. On the 19th (Korean time), Bleacher Report predicted the amount of major players who will sign contracts worth more than $100 million in the 2023-2024 free agent and non-FA contract market.
It was predicted that Ohtani would sign an 8-year contract worth $320 million. Of course, it was expected that there would be incentives depending on the innings. It was a huge contract and the total amount was not even projected. However, there is a lot of talk about Otani basically saying that the $500 million contract will be fine. Before the elbow surgery, there were predictions that it would exceed $600 million.
Even if I have elbow surgery and can’t play dual swords next year, it’s only for one year. The background is that its value will remain the same as it returns to dual swords in 2025. However, Bleacher Report predicted a guaranteed contract worth around $300 million, excluding options, let alone $500 million. For Otani, this is a shocking prospect.
Bleacher Report believed that the problem is not simply that Ohtani will not be able to pitch for the next year, but that his future as a pitcher is not bright in the long term. “Ohtani has already had Tommy John surgery twice in his career, which clouds his long-term future on the mound.”
It is true that the prediction that Ohtani will receive more than 500 million dollars is based on the production capacity that comes from his combined batting and batting business. This also means that if he cannot produce as a pitcher, he is no better than Aaron Judge, who signed a 9-year, $360 million contract with the New York Yankees a year ago. The AAV is the same at $40 million, but Ohtani’s contract period is one year shorter.
Bleacher Report said, “It is reasonable to expect that the nine-year, $360 million contract that Judge signed a year ago will be a hot topic, and if Ohtani gets healthy, the impact on the mound will go beyond that contract.” In the end, Ohtani will receive more money than Judge, but that means his second elbow surgery will be looked upon in a more unusual light.메이저놀이터
Bleacher Report said, “Ohtani remains one of the most marketable players in sports and is still an MVP candidate based on his offensive production alone. “Until elbow surgery, he was a virtual lock who signed the largest contract in Major League history.”