Angels, Ohtani avoid arbitration with record 1-year, $30M deal
Ohtani, who's still eligible to become a free agent after next season, will receive the largest salary ever for an arbitration-eligible player. He's earning $5.5 million for the 2022 campaign.
The two-time All-Star's $24.5-million raise also shatters the $9.6-million increase New York Mets ace Jacob deGrom received in November 2019.
Ohtani is putting together another unprecedented season after capturing AL MVP honors in 2021. The 28-year-old has gone deep 34 times with 94 RBIs and an .888 OPS over 152 games. The Japanese sensation has been even better on the mound, accruing a 2.35 ERA with 213 strikeouts over 161 innings (27 starts).