Ex-Boston Red Sox Star Dubs Two-Way Phenom Shohei Ohtani a $500 Million Commodity in 2024 Free Agency

Published 01/20/2023, 9:30 AM EST
DENVER, COLORADO – JULY 12: Shohei Ohtani #17 of the Los Angeles Angels speaks to the media during the Gatorade All-Star Workout Day at Coors Field on July 12, 2021 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

Having played for five seasons in MLB, two-way star Shohei Ohtani has already built a heavy reputation to his name. The 2021 AL MVP gave a tough fight in last year’s MVP race. While the spring training of the regular season is still a month away, the Angels’ phenom Ohtani’s 2024 free agency is already soaring up in the baseball world. A few days ago, rumors spread that the Japanese star player would get a contract signed worth half a billion dollars. 

And now, two-time World Champion with the Boston Red Sox, Manny Ramirez, recently voiced his opinion about the rumors surrounding Ohtani signing the biggest contract ever. If it happens, it would not only be the biggest contract in MLB history, but in the entire sporting industry history. 

Manny Ramirez won’t mind paying $500 million to Japanese phenom Shohei Ohtani

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The off-season is when many players enter free agency and sign onto another team. It is also often a major source of entertainment for many. Not long after the off-season started after 2022’s regular season, talks about Shotime’s impending free agency started in the MLB world. The phenom himself has not said anything about him signing the richest contract in sports history. But the retired MLB player has something to say about it.

Hector Gomez reported what Ramirez had to say about Ohtani’s free agency through his Twitter handle. Ramirez, while agreeing that Ohtani is worth a team spending half a billion dollars, he said, “He’s a phenomenon never seen before in the MLB history. He can do it all. I would pay him $250 million for what he can do as a pitcher and the other $250 million for his quality as a hitter”.

What will happen after ten months when Ohtani will enter free agency is still getting determined. But the fans and executives are starting to have a clear vision of what it will look like. 

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How did Ohtani play in the 2022 MLB season?

Ohtani got voted an all-star player for a second straight year in his MLB career in 2022. At that moment, he had already created history. He did so by becoming the only player to be voted an all-star pitcher and hitter. 

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Shotime appeared in 157 games in 2022. He had a 15-9 record, a 2.33 ERA, and 219 strikeouts in 166 innings. With it, he wrapped up the season by hitting .273/.356/.519. He had 34 home runs, 30 doubles, 11 stolen bases, and 95 RBIs.

Is all this and what’s more to come enough for him to sign the biggest contract in sports history? Let us know in the comments below!

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Rakshita Madan

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Rakshita Madan is an MLB author at EssentiallySports. She is an engineering graduate and is currently pursuing her MBA from NMIMS, Mumbai. Rakshita has experience in writing for more than four years now, with one of her writings even getting published in an anthology.

Edited By: Abhishek Kumar

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