Outfielder Shohei Ohtani, 29, has officially joined the Los Angeles Dodgers in a deal that could be the largest in North American professional sports history: $10 million to $700 million.
The Los Angeles Dodgers held a historic induction ceremony for Ohtani today at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California.
Ohtani was joined by Dodgers President Andrew Friedman, Manager Dave Roberts, and other members of the organization.
Ohtani attended the ceremony in a suit and tie, and then changed into the Dodgers’ home jersey with the number 17 on the back.
Earlier in the day, the Dodgers signed Ohtani to a record-breaking seven-year, $1 billion contract. The deal came with a surprising dipper.
Ohtani will receive $2 million per year for the first 10 years of the deal, meaning he will only receive $20 million over the course of the contract.
The remaining $680 million is spread out over 10 years, from 2034 to 2043, after the end of the contract. This works out to be worth 10 years and $460 million. 헤라카지노
Ohtani also included an opt-out clause for owner Mark Walter to sell the team or for Friedman to leave the organization.
This suggests that Ohtani believes the Walter-Friedman regime is essential for continued postseason success.
The Otani effect started before the induction ceremony. Ohtani’s No. 17 jersey became the best-selling jersey of all time in the first 48 hours of pre-sales, surpassing Lionel Messi.
Cho Sung-woon, Dong-A.com reporter