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Japanese star Shohei Ohtani will sign with Angels

Japanese star Shohei Ohtani will sign with Angels

According to LA Times reporter Dylan Hernandez, Japanese phenom Shohei Ohtani has made a decision regarding which Major League Baseball team he will sign with.

"We are honored Shohei Ohtani has made a decision to join the Angels organization", the franchise said in a brief statement.

A Kyodo News reporter asked Ohtani to comment in front of the agent's office in Los Angeles, only to hear that there was "nothing" to say. Because of limits on how much teams can pay worldwide players under 25 years old, the 23-year-old Ohtani wil earn the major league minimum salary ($545,000) in 2018.

Ohtani will go to the Angels instead, one of seven teams the hyped Japanese pitcher-slash-slugger considered in the end. Ohtani already has drawn numerous comparisons to Babe Ruth, who excelled as a hitter and a pitcher early in his Hall of Fame career.

Some evaluators thought Ohtani preferred an organization without a long history of Japanese players.

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A right-hander who throws 102 miles per hour and hits tape-measure homers, Ohtani, 23, is expected to try to do both in the majors, which would be an historic achievement. It's been speculated he could play some outfield between starts, though the Halos have a full outfield with Justin Upton, Mike Trout, and Kole Calhoun. Those teams included the Texas Rangers, Seattle Mariners, Los Angeles Angels, Chicago Cubs, Los Angeles Dodgers, San Francisco Giants and San Diego Padres.

"Shohei is humbled and flattered by all the time and effort that so many teams put into their presentations and sincerely thanks them for their professionalism", his agent, Nez Balelo, said in a statement. "He sees this as the best environment to develop and reach the next level and attain his career goals".

During his senior year at Iwate Prefecture's Hanamaki Higashi High School, Ohtani hoped to sign directly with a big league club, and because of that, only Nippon Ham risked a first-round draft pick on him.

The Angels can offer Ohtani a signing bonus of $2.315 million, less what the Rangers or Mariners could have offered. That gave the Angels a total of $2,315,000 to spend on their Ohtani offer.

The waiting is over for Shoehei Ohtani. As such he is ineligible to join a club on a major league contract. He won't be eligible for arbitration until after at least three seasons. On the mound, he compiled a 2.52 ERA with 624 strikeouts in 543 innings across 85 appearances (82 starts). He did walk 200 batters, though.

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One issue could be his durability. Pitchers in Japan start once a week, not once every five days in Major League Baseball.

Ohtani, a 6-foot-3, 23-year-old star of Nippon Professional Baseball's (NPB) Pacific League, has been the talk of baseball since the latter half of 2017. For his career, the Japanese global has a 42-15 record with a 2.52 ERA and 624 strikeouts in 543 innings, and a.286 batting average with 48 homers and 166 RBI. In 65 games at the plate, he hit.332/.403/.540 with eight home runs, 31 RBI and 16 doubles.

In Japan, Ohtani did not hit on the days he pitched or in the days immediately before and after. Los Angeles also has thought about trying a six-man starting rotation, which would allow Ohtani to have ample arm rest after pitching roughly once a week in Japan.

The Angels and Ohtani will have to get together to figure out a schedule that works.

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