‘I Don’t Think Ohtani…’- Ace MLB Analyst Breaks Down Why 2022 Might Be the Last Season for Shohei Ohtani With LA Angels

It has only been four years since his baseball debut, and Shohei Ohtani has already become the face of Major League Baseball. Considering his two-way playing style, Ohtani brings an extra dimension to his team. And that is the main reason every team wants to sign the Angels’ two-way phenom.

As things stand, Shohei Ohtani is in the last year of his professional contract. And if he does not sign the extension by the start of the 2023 MLB season, the next season will be his arbitration year with the LA Angels. Given his two-way skill, the Angels will do anything to keep Ohtani by their side. But it is not that easy.

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In the past two or three years, Ohtani has proved his worth in MLB. Currently, he earns only $5.5 million a year with the Angels, which is very low, consider his contribution to the game. And if—and that’s a big if—Ohtani accepts to stay in Anaheim, the Angels will have to offer at least a $50 million a year contract to the Japanese slugger.

ESPN analyst in Shohei Ohtani might play for a different team 2023

If Shohei Ohtani disagrees to sign the extension with the LA Angels, the two-way phenom playing for a different team in the 2023 season will not be a surprise. Because the Angels will not let their star player go for free.

Sep 25, 2021; Anaheim, California, USA; Los Angeles Angels designated hitter Shohei Ohtani (17) sits in the dugout before being introduced during a pregame awards ceremony at Angel Stadium. Ohtani was given the team MVP and Nick Adenhart Awards before a game against the Seattle Mariners. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

And given his unique skills, the Angels will get a huge amount for his trade. But it has to be fast. Because almost a year from now Ohtani will be a free agent, something that the Angels would not want.

Talking on the same topic, Buster Olney of ESPN, said Shohei Ohtani might wear a different uniform in 2023.

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“So, after this season, because Ohtani is eligible for free agency after 2023; the Angels are going to approach him about a contract extension that probably will start with an annual salary of $50 million. But I got to tell you, speaking with executives with other teams, they believe Ohtani will not sign with the Angels.”

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“They believe that he is going to go to free agency. And so this winter will be the first time when the Angels will have to seriously consider trading Ohtani… I don’t think Ohtani is going to get through 2023 with the Angels,” Olney said.

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