The reigning American League MVP is hitting the open market this offseason as a free agent, bringing generational talent on both ends of the diamond to a city near you in 2024 and beyond. That’s because two-time MVP Shohei Ohtani is officially on the market, after playing with the woebegone L.A. Angels for six seasons, never making the postseason once with the franchise during that frame.
That lack of success came in spite of the Japanese two-way superstar, who has racked up 34.7 WAR in his career, with a .274 career batting average, 178 homers, and 681 hits, to go with a 38-19 record on the bump with a career ERA of 3.01 and a 15.1 WAR in 86 games pitched. All of that is to say that Ohtani will be a hot commodity this free agent cycle, despite his ongoing recovery from Tommy John surgery during the offseason, which will force the 29-year-old to abstain from pitching in 2024.
Ahead of his free agency decision, BetCalifornia.com, always thinking with a California sports betting state of mind, broke down the odds on how much Ohtani will make from his next contract, with decent odds of shattering the MLB’s biggest deal in history this offseason.
Shohei Ohtani Contract Odds
Below are possible contract odds for Shohei Ohtani. These are odds that would be fun to see on California betting apps if they were legal.
How Much Will Ohtani Get Paid?
The biggest free agent contract ever came last offseason, when the New York Yankees gave outfielder Aaron Judge a nine-year deal worth $360 million, averaging out to $40 million per year. Ohtani’s deal this offseason is bound to shatter that mark, as his one-of-a-kind power hitting and ace-level pitching make him a true albatross in professional baseball, with comparisons to Babe Ruth being the norm for the 29-year-old superstar.
That’s why we give Ohtani +125 odds of landing a deal valued at between $500M and $525M this offseason, while there remains an outsized shot (+1000) that the veteran two-way star lands a deal valued at north of $551M. One way or another, it seems like near certainty that Ohtani will rewrite the sport’s record books this free agency window, knocking off the previous biggest deals for superstars before the 2024 MLB season kicks off in March.
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