Last Updated on 10/23/2022 by てんしょく飯
Angels pitcher Shohei Ohtani signed a one-year contract with the Angels this month at an annual salary of $30 million (¥4.483 billion) for the upcoming season, and although rumors of a move continue to smolder as he will become an FA in the off-season of 2023, is there a chance that he and the Angels will extend his contract before the start of next season? Sports Illustrated, a U.S. sports magazine, predicts that “the team will want to, but it’s unlikely,” and that if the team can prove that it can compete in next season’s battle, “a chance will present itself.
There “will be no chance” of extending his contract before the start of next season.
Ohtani signed for the highest salary increase ever for a player entitled to annual salary arbitration. Angels GM Perry Minassian later said he would be “happy if he stays here longer” and other comments about his desire to sign a long-term deal, but the article notes that “the two-sport superstar is not ready to look to the future just yet.
It then predicted that “Angels fans will want to see a contract extension before the start of next season, but it is unlikely. Considering that he will be a FA next offseason, he argues that it is in his best interest to wait. If the Angels can prove to Otani that they are a competitive team, there is a good chance that they can get a contract extension.
The Angels finished third in the A-League West Division this season with a 73-89 record, missing the playoffs for the eighth consecutive year. It will have been a frustrating season for Ohtani, who has a thirst for victory. Will the Angels be competitive enough to make the playoffs next season?