The terms of Shohei Ohtani’s contract emerged and baseball fans collectively lost their minds:
Shohei Ohtani's $700 million contract calls for him to be paid only $2 million a year for the next 10 seasons, with $680 million deferred until the end of the deal, sources confirm to ESPN.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) December 11, 2023
The CBT hit on the contract is going to be around $46 million, a huge discount for L.A.
Now, as the Athletic’s Evan Drellich and Fabian Ardaya explained, the $46 million per year payroll and luxury tax hit is still the largest average annual value in baseball. But, there’s no doubt this structure will help the Dodgers field a competitive team around Ohtani.
Personally, I say props to Ohtani for caring about winning baseball games. I also found the following two reactions pertinent:
Gotta admire Ohtani's optimism that we still have a functioning society in 2043.— Melissa Lockard (@melissalockard) December 11, 2023
I’ve watched too many post-apocalyptic movies and shows to defer any money that far into the future. (I’m also not good enough at baseball to have the option to do so)— Brent Rooker (@Brent_Rooker12) December 12, 2023
Other than that, the baseball world was pretty quiet yesterday. Justin Lada, of Next Year in Cleveland, Locked on Guardians and his Guardians of the Future Podcast, had Joe Werner of the Prospect Digest Handbook on the latter podcast to discuss the Guardians’ upcoming draft. Check that out, for sure.
Also, make sure you read our own DelGua’s annual prospect list in our FanPosts. He always does a great job with these, the most thorough Guardians’ list you’ll find on the internet.