The modern-day Babe Ruth will continue to play in Los Angeles.
Shohei OtaniOhtani, a two-time American League MVP, announced in an Instagram post that he will sign with the Los Angeles Dodgers in free agency after spending the first six years of his career with the Los Angeles Angels.
Ohtani's agent announced that his contract with the Dodgers is for 10 years and $700 million.
Ohtani is out of form 2nd MVP As a two-way genius in 2023.
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At the plate, Ohtani led the majors in 2023 with a .654 slugging percentage and 1.066 OPS. His on-base percentage of .412 was second. His 44 home runs ranked fourth. His .304 average ranked ninth.
Ohtani was also great on the mound, posting a 10-5 record with a 3.14 ERA and 167 strikeouts in 132 innings. Among pitchers who pitched 130.0 innings, his ERA was the ninth lowest in MLB and his K/9 was sixth. He ranked fifth and third, respectively, among American League pitchers with this number of innings. His 10.0 WAR led the majors by a wide margin. los angeles dodgers Star Mookie Betts was second with an 8.3.
Ohtani won't pitch in 2024 undergo surgery He tore his ulnar collateral ligament on August 23, and suffered his second career right elbow injury on September 19.
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In a statement from Ohtani's representative, Dr. Neal El-Atrash provided information about the surgery, without saying that Ohtani had undergone a second Tommy John surgery.
“The final plan, in consultation with Shohei, was to repair the immediate problem and strengthen the healthy ligament in place while adding viable tissue to extend the life of the elbow.” said El Atrash. “I expect him to make a full recovery and he'll be ready to bat without any restrictions on Opening Day in 2024 and be able to both (hit and pitch) in 2025. It will be.”
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Ohtani's free agency was the talk of the baseball world last year after he signed a one-year, $30 million contract before the 2023 season to avoid arbitration.
FOX News' Ryan Mollick contributed to this report