Shohei Otani, "Japanese Babe Ruth", signs with Los Angeles Angels

Posted December 09, 2017

"While there has been much speculation about what would drive Shohei's decision, what mattered to him most wasn't market size, time zone or league but that he felt a true bond with the Angels", agent Nez Balelo said in a statement. DEVELOPING: More details will be added to this report as they become available.

The Giants announced they were no longer in the mix to work out a trade for the Marlins' slugger and NL MVP after having reached the parameters of a deal with new Miami CEO Derek Jeter and his team.

The Angels went 80-82 this year and missed the playoffs.

The Angels have a total of $2.315 million in global bonus pool money to spend on their contract offer to Ohtani after trading minor league outfielder Jacob Pearson to the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday for an extra $1 million worth of bonus pool money.

A right-hander who throws 102 miles per hour and hits tape-measure homers, Ohtani, 23, is expected to try to do both in the majors, which would be an historic achievement. "I could just tell he's such a great pitcher through the TV screen", Otani said. "He sees this as the best environment to develop and reach the next level and attain his career goals".

The Angels will also have to pay Ohtani's Japanese team, the Nippon Ham Fighters, a $20 million posting fee.

Yet Angels general manager Billy Eppler is very serious about winning, and he has spent several years scouting Ohtani, ever since his previous job with the Yankees.

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Ohtani is, quite simply, the coolest baseball player in the world.

A fourth-round pick by Colorado in 2004, Iannetta spent parts of six seasons with the team before being traded to the Los Angeles Angels on November 30, 2011, for pitcher Tyler Chatwood.

Ohtani was so coveted because he has the talent to be a top-of-the-rotation starter, as well as the potential to be a major league power hitter.

Ohtani (6-foot-3, 189 pounds) can also give the pitching staff, injury prone (Tyler Skaggs, Matt Shoemaker, Huston Street) over the past few seasons, a boost as well.

Ohtani will serve a dual role with the Angels, not only pitching but hitting on a regular basis.

At the plate, he is a.286 career hitter with 48 home runs, 150 runs and 166 RBIs in 1,170 plate appearances, mostly as a designated hitter.

The two-way phenom has agreed to a deal with the Los Angeles Angels as first reported by the New York Post's Joel Sherman.