Contemporary off signing his private gargantuan deal, Aaron Decide is eager to see what kind of payday Shohei Ohtani earns throughout the coming months.
An impending free agent, Ohtani may shatter contractual information given his unicorn standing as an elite pitcher and hitter (and runner, as Aaron Boone well-known). Depend Decide amongst people who rely on the Angels two-way sensation to command a hefty wage.
“I’ve by no means seen a participant like him go into free company the place he’s one of many prime pitchers within the recreation, one of many prime hitters within the recreation, and also you mix that into an ideal all-around athlete,” Decide talked about Tuesday night after Ohtani drilled a home run throughout the Angels’ 5-2 series-opening win over the Yankees. “It’s gonna be thrilling to observe, and [I’m] excited to see the place he goes.”
Decide then talked about, “I hope he likes…” sooner than trailing off midsentence. That led to some laughs, and a question about whether or not or not the Yankees’ superstar is attempting to recruit the Halos’.
“Not but,” Decide continued. “They obtained one thing particular in L.A. and I’m simply gonna admire him from afar for now.”
Decide, who signed a nine-year, $360 million contract this earlier offseason after profitable the 2022 American League MVP award over Ohtani, added that the two are “mates” when requested if there’s a rivalry between the two.
“I’m an enormous fan of his. I really like watching him compete, love watching what he does. Not solely within the field, however on the mound. So I wouldn’t say it’s a rivalry. I’d say it’s extra simply pleasant competitors. I really like what he does and what he’s achieved for this recreation, and it’s gonna be thrilling to observe him the subsequent couple of days.”
The Yankees would revenue from having Ohtani’s lefty bat of their lineup and his correct arm of their rotation, nonetheless so would every completely different workforce in baseball. It’s no secret that together with Ohtani’s distinctive skillset — or, throughout the Angels’ case, retaining it — would require some large money. And should Los Angeles commerce the Japanese icon this summer time season, a workforce can also ought to forfeit a stellar bundle deal of prospects for an unprecedented stretch-run enhance and the likelihood to impress Ohtani sooner than he makes a long-term dedication.
Whether or not the Yankees will make a play for Ohtani at any degree on the calendar stays to be seen after they didn’t land him when he obtained right here to the majors in 2018. However the workforce’s personnel are literally in awe of him.
“Only a particular expertise that possibly we’ve by no means seen,” Boone talked about, “and possibly by no means will once more.”