By Jose Alejandro Rodriguez Zas
Japan’s star baseball player shōhei ohtani He is one of the great stars of today in the Major Leagues and, for many, a historical phenomenon of the Majors. The Asian not only has the ability to pitch and hit, but to do both functions very well and stand out in the best baseball in the world, for which he is considered the most complete player in the world.
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Ohtani signed with the Los Angeles Angels in 2017 for a bonus of 2,315 million dollars and then agreed to an extension of 8.5 million in 2021 for two seasons, until at the end of 2022 he materialized the highest contract extension at the economic level in the history of Los Angeles. the Majors for a player eligible for salary arbitration, in the amount of 30 million for the 2023 MLB season.
However, due to the poor results that the Angelenos have had in the Big Top, there has been speculation that Ohtani would leave the franchise and be sent to another more competitive team, a decision that could greatly heat up the Majors.
Many have been the teams to which Ohtani has been linked as possible destinations, including historical ones such as the Los Angeles Dodgers or the New York Yankees.
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But on the afternoon of this Monday, November 7, a publication on social networks officially shared the decision made by the board of the organization that plays in the Western Division of the American League.
“Angels General Manager Perry Minasian announced that they will not trade Shohei Ohtani this offseason,” could be read in the aforementioned publication on Twitter.
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In this way, at least for now, the rumors of the change of the Japanese Major League star, who will remain with the Angelenos for the 2023 MLB season, end.
In the 2022 campaign, he went 15-9 in 28 starts from the box, with a 2.33 ERA and 1.01 WHIP, with 219 strikeouts in 166.0 innings. On offense, he batted .273 with 95 RBIs and 34 home runs, along with a .356/.519/.875 (OBP/SLG/OPS) batting line. Simply spectacular!