Shohei Ohtani Open to Short-Term Deal with High Salary
Recovering from Injury, Ohtani Considers Unique Contract
Shohei Ohtani, the highly sought-after free agent, is known for his exceptional skills as both a starting pitcher and power hitter in baseball. However, fans will be disappointed to learn that Ohtani will not be pitching in the upcoming 2024 season due to a torn UCL in his throwing elbow. In light of this, reports suggest that Ohtani may be open to signing a short-term deal with an exceptionally high average annual value.
According to ESPN’s Alden Gonzalez, sources familiar with Ohtani’s thinking believe that he is willing to consider a one-year contract. This potential deal would surpass the current record for the highest annual salary, held jointly by Justin Verlander of the Astros and Max Scherzer of the Mets, at $43.33 million.
The reasoning behind Ohtani’s camp considering a short-term deal stems from the fact that he will not be able to pitch in the upcoming season. By signing a contract that allows him to re-enter free agency for the 2024-25 offseason, Ohtani aims to secure a deal that truly reflects his value as a player. Next winter, he will be entering his age-30 season, which adds an intriguing layer to the ongoing pursuit of Ohtani. If this report holds true, it may even attract more teams willing to make a substantial commitment, potentially exceeding $500 million or more, which is likely the market demand for a long-term contract.
Whether Ohtani ultimately opts for a one-year bridge deal or commits to a decade-long contract remains uncertain. However, this saga is expected to unfold relatively quickly. ESPN’s Jeff Passan suggests that Ohtani could make a decision even before the winter meetings scheduled for December 4-7.
Ohtani’s status as a top target for teams with significant financial resources this winter adds further anticipation to the situation. A resolution in early December could have a domino effect, unlocking other high-profile free agents in the market.
Both on and off the field, Shohei Ohtani continues to captivate fans and experts alike with his exceptional talent and potential.