Shohei Ohtani is proving he’s worth the dough
Turns out, he was worth the dough.
And once the Angels heard that they had him, they’re tweet was the perfect reaction.
That chunk of change you ask? Just a mere 23.5 million dollars.
Twenty million was used to pay the Japanese team, the Nippon-Ham Fighters, to allow him to come play in the US. Then, he was limited to a 3.5 million signing bonus since he is only 23 years old.
On top of all that, his guaranteed salary will be “no more than the major league minimum of $545,000 for the next three years,” according to the LA Times.
And if you know baseball, THAT’S NOTHING!
Especially considering how he’s already performing.
Had he waited until he was 25 years old, he could have requested 200 million from any team! But, who knows what could happen in two years?
And let’s just say, the Japanese native has not disappointed the Angels fans yet.
He has managed to get 23 hits. And four of those 23 hits have been home runs. All this with a 3.58 ERA and 1.10 WHIP.
People were calling Shohei the next Babe Ruth because he is a consistent two-way player, but after his quite average spring training he left people questioning that chunk of change.
Needless to say, he has put those questions to rest thanks to his outstanding start in the bigs.
As an Angels fan I can tell you we are stoked we finally have someone killing it for us other than Mike Trout!
HELLO MISTER ShoHALO, we’re excited to have you!