Shohei Ohtani will sign deal worth at least $600 million next offseason, ESPN pundit says

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At the moment, Shohei Ohtani is Los Angeles AngelBut that could change after this season.

elite starting pitcher, He is also an elite hitter, He’ll hit the free agent market after this season, and with his once-in-a-lifetime skill, he just might break the bank.

ESPN’s Buster Olney says Ohtani will break the record for the largest deal held by current teammate Mike Trout, who signed a 12-year, $426 million contract in 2019.

Olney predicted on ESPN’s “Get Up” on opening day: “The contract he’s getting will start at number six — $600 million.”

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Los Angeles Angels starting quarterback Shohei Ohtani celebrates after hitting JJ Matijevic of the Houston Astros to finish the lead in the sixth inning of a July 13, 2022 game in Anaheim, California.

Los Angeles Angels starting quarterback Shohei Ohtani celebrates after hitting JJ Matijevic of the Houston Astros to finish the lead in the sixth inning of a July 13, 2022 game in Anaheim, California. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Olney also believes Ohtani will remain in Los Angeles but transfer to the National League.

“It’s amazing when you talk to people about baseball how many think Ohtani will end up with the Dodgers next year,” Olney said. “Over the offseason, LA really picked up on their spending. They were clearly preparing for a big move next season. That would be Ohtani… because he brings to the table something we haven’t seen before. These two great-way players and the most marketable player in the world” .

Ohtani makes $30 million this season, the highest salary ever for an arbitration-eligible player Mookie Pets$27 million for the 2020 season.

The $24.5 million increase for the season is also the highest ever. Ohtani made $5.5 million last season.

Shuhei Ohtani (17) of the Los Angeles Angels celebrates with Mike Trott (27) in the third inning against the Detroit Tigers at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on Sept. 5, 2022, in Anaheim, California.

Shuhei Ohtani (17) of the Los Angeles Angels celebrates with Mike Trott (27) in the third inning against the Detroit Tigers at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on Sept. 5, 2022, in Anaheim, California. (Meg Oliphant/Getty Images)

Otani has lived up to expectations since joining the major leagues in 2018.

dubbed “Japanese Babe RuthUpon his arrival, he was named American League Rookie of the Year with a .285 average and .925 OPS while advancing to a 3.31 ERA and striking out 11.0 batters per nine innings pitched. He became the first player in MLB history to hit 20 home runs and hit at least over 60 batters in the same season.

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Otani had Tommy John surgery prior to the 2019 season, which prevented him from pitching that year. He suffered another injury in 2020 that limited him to playing in just 1.2 innings.

But he was the unanimous AL MVP in 2021 with 46 homers — third most in baseball — and 100 RBIs with a 0.965 OPS. He also posted a 3.18 ERA, which was the eighth-best mark in the AL among pitchers with at least 130 innings pitched.

Shuhei Ohtani of the Los Angeles Angels celebrates with the third inning of the sixth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on June 9, 2022, in Anaheim, California.

Shuhei Ohtani of the Los Angeles Angels celebrates with the third inning of the sixth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on June 9, 2022, in Anaheim, California. (Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

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Last year, his 2.33 ERA was sixth best in baseball, while his . 875 OPS was tenth best in the majors, proving that the previous year was no fluke. Lola Aaron JudgeHis race for the Triple Crown while tying Roger Maris for the most home runs in a season by an American League player, Ohtani would have won MVP again.

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