Ohtani’s highest salary qualification is likely to be offered above the Shur low level,
As the LA Angels are said to have promised the highest-ever average salary to Shohei Otani (28), who will become an FA next year, hot attention is expected to be paid to future negotiations between the two sides.
The Athletic Ken Rosenthal reported on the 15th (Korea Standard Time), “The Angels unofficially brought up the story of the extension contract to Otani’s agent at the last spring camp,” adding, “The Angels positively expressed their understanding of offering Otani the highest-ever average salary.”
The record for the highest average salary in Major League history is held by the New York Mets Max Scherzer. Last winter, he signed an FA contract with the Mets for three years and an average of $43.33 million. For the first time in history, Scherzer is the first player to earn an average salary of more than $40 million during the contract period.
The Angels, however, are negative about the duration of the contract. In other words, it is difficult to sign a three-year contract like Scherzer, but a very long-term contract like New York Yankees’ Garrett Cole (9 years and 324 million dollars). For this reason, it is observed that Otani is likely to enter the FA market after next season.
Otani’s ransom is actually hard to predict. This is because it is the first time in modern baseball that both pitching and hitting are perfect. Reporter Rosenthal claimed, “Considering Otani’s enormous influence as a pitching and hitting player, he should be the highest-paid player in MLB history.”
However, it is unknown how long Otani will be able to put all his strength in pitching and hitting. He will turn 29 next year, and if he signs an FA contract, it will take effect at the age of 30. Otani has already suffered several injuries, including knee surgery and shoulder surgery, since he entered the Major League in 2018.
Moreover, the Angels have not received enough results from players who have signed ultra-long-term contracts. They are Albert Pujols, Justin Upton, Josh Hamilton and CJ Wilson. Anthony Rendon, who signed a seven-year, $245 million contract three years ago, is still not explosive 안전공원
Otani is earning an annual salary of $5.5 million this year. If you negotiate with an annual salary adjustment qualification at the end of this season, you can earn more than $20 million. Before that, it remains to be seen whether he will sign an extension with the Angels