To everyone’s relief, the Angels have avoided arbitration with Shohei Ohtani as the two sides have agreed to a 2 year deal of 8.5 million. It is structured to be 3 million in 2021 and 5.5 in 2022.
Shohei Ohtani had reached his first year of arbitration this offseason and did not make a deal to sign before arbitration numbers were exchanged. With hearings very soon, it was important to get a deal done beforehand.
This is because an Arbitration hearing forces the team to basically list the reasons why your player is not good and doesn’t deserve the money. Ugly arbitration hearings has soured relationships between players and teams. By also making it a 2 year deal, this mess is avoided next offseason.
Ohtani still has another year of arbitration after the deal is up, and hopefully by then his place on the team is cleared up. In a sea of bad news, it is refreshing to have something go right for the Angels.
How do you see Ohtani doing this season? Leave your guesses down in the comments and next offseason we can see who was correct.