Angels to pay Ohtani $30M to avoid arb.

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ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Shohei Ohtani has agreed to a $30 million deal with the Los Angeles Angels for the 2023 season in the two-way superstar's final year of arbitration eligibility before free agency.

The Angels announced the deal Saturday, avoiding a potentially complicated arbitration case with the 2021 AL MVP.

Ohtani's deal is fully guaranteed, with no other provisions. The deal is the largest one-year contract ever given to an arbitration-eligible player, surpassing the $27 million given to Mookie Betts by the Boston Red Sox in January 2020, a month before he was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers.


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1 A. Judge, NYY130
2 J. Ramírez, Cle122
3 K. Tucker, Hou104
4 A. García, Tex98
5 Y. Alvarez, Hou96
6 V. Guerrero Jr., Tor95
7 S. Ohtani, LAA94
8 B. Bichette, Tor93
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2 P. Goldschmidt, StL114
3 F. Lindor, NYM103
4 C. Cron, Col102
5 N. Arenado, StL101
6 M. Machado, SD100
7t F. Freeman, LAD97
7t M. Olson, Atl97
7t T. Turner, LAD97
10 W. Adames, Mil96
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