ANAHEIM — The Angels formally prolonged a qualifying offer to two-way famous person Shohei Ohtani forward of Monday’s 2 p.m. PT deadline, which suggests they’ll be eligible for Draft-pick compensation if Ohtani indicators elsewhere this offseason.
The qualifying provide is price $20.325 million for the 2024 season, however Ohtani will reject it earlier than the Nov. 14 deadline as a result of he’s searching for a long-term deal and is ready to earn greater than that yearly. Ohtani, who will doubtless win the AL MVP Award for the second time in three seasons, is anticipated to command a record-breaking contract in free company.
Ohtani, 29, slashed .304/.412/.654 with 44 homers, 26 doubles, eight triples, 20 stolen bases and 95 RBIs in 135 video games as designated hitter in 2023. And in 23 begins on the mound, he went 10-5 with a 3.14 ERA and 167 strikeouts in 132 innings.
However Ohtani sustained a torn ulnar collateral ligament in a begin on Aug. 23 and underwent surgical procedure in September that may hold him from pitching in 2024. Ohtani, although, is anticipated to return to two-way standing in 2025.
The Angels have made bringing again Ohtani their high precedence this offseason, however they’ve loads of different holes. They’re coming off an 89-loss season and are presently searching for a brand new supervisor.