Careful Ohtani ahead of his first FA jackpot, opened his mouth to the ‘500 million dollar theory’ for the first time

  • February 17, 2023

Los Angeles Angels Ohtani Shohei revealed his thoughts on free agency after this season.

Ohtani, who joined the Angels in 2018,메이저놀이터 will qualify for free agency with six full-time seasons if he completes this season. Ohtani, the 2021 American League MVP and the best pitching player in the major leagues, is competitive as both pitcher and hitter, so the prevailing opinion is that the ransom will be formed from a minimum of $400 million to a maximum of $500 million.

Whether Ohtani will leave the Angels or remain is a matter of utmost concern to the club. Outfielder Mike Trout, the pillar of the team, strongly hoped for Ohtani to stay, saying, “I will do anything to keep Ohtani on the team” in a spring camp interview on the 16th (Korean time). Arte Moreno, the owner of the Angels, also said in an interview on the 9th, “I want to leave Ohtani on the team.”

On the 17th, when Ohtani held his first press conference at Tempe Spring Camp in Arizona, USA, the first question that came up was the contract. When asked if he had talked about extending his contract with the club, Ohtani said, “Right now, I’m only thinking about the season.

Ohtani kept his trust as an Angels player, saying, “I think it’s the last season, but I don’t know what will happen yet. Right now, I think of myself as an Angels player, and I want to win the championship with this team the most.”

One reporter asked, “How do you feel when you hear about $400 million or $500 million?” After thinking for a while, Ohtani gave a textbook-style answer, “I don’t know much about FA, so I’m not paying much attention. Still, the first condition is to have a good season. I want to focus on the season because that’s the most important thing for me and the team.”

The rumor of Ohtani’s transfer first sparked in 2021 when he said, “The team is really good, but I want to win.” When asked, “Do you think the Angels have become a team that can win now?” Ohtani joked, “Don’t ask me, ask manager Phil Nevin.” I think it’s important to develop players,” he said.

Meanwhile, Ohtani was announced as the Opening Day starter for the second year in a row. Ohtani, who heard the story from coach Nevin on the 17th, said, “It is an honor and special event, so I will do my best to throw it. Since the camp is just starting, I want to prepare well and throw well from now on.”

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