Giants free agent target Shohei Ohtani signs with Los Angeles Angels

Giants free agent target Shohei Ohtani signs with Los Angeles Angels

Ohtani picks the Angels after a whirlwind week where he narrows his choice down to seven clubs, and Los Angeles ends up with the winning ticket. As a pitcher, he has SP1 potential right away, and has drawn comparisons to Noah Syndergaard, due to his power fastball/slider combination.

After five years in the Pacific League, Ohtani has developed into the world's most intriguing baseball player because of his hitting and pitching, and was high on the wish list of every major league club. He had until December 22 to agree to a major league deal.

In an attempt to add to their bid for touted Japanese righthander and slugger Shohei Otani, the Angels dealt one of their top picks in this year's draft for a $1 million in global bonus pool space from the Twins on Wednesday night. "He sees this as the best environment to develop and reach the next level and attain his career goals".

According to a statement from Shohei Ohtani's representatives, RHP/OF Shohei Ohtani will sign with the Angels.

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After his unusual courtship, Ohtani will attempt to chart an even more unique career path as the majors first regular two-way player in several decades.

Ohtani was put up for bid on December 1 by the Pacific League's Nippon Ham Fighters for the maximum $20 million posting fee and met with the Mariners, Angels, Rangers, San Francisco Giants, Los Angeles Dodgers, San Diego Padres and Chicago Cubs in-person this week.

The Angels will also have to pay Ohtani's Japanese team, the Nippon Ham Fighters, a $20 million posting fee. With the Angels, Ohtani joins All-Star sluggers Mike Trout and Albert Pujols with the opportunity to perform the designated hitter duties - an option not available by the Cubs, who play in the National League. So did Angels general manager Billy Eppler, who was an executive for the Yankees at the time.

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

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Ohtani's most immediate impact is likely to be on an Angels rotation that had been ravaged by injuries in recent years.

At the plate, Ohtani batted.322 in both 2017 and 2016, while also providing his team solid slugging in the mid.500s both seasons. Catcher Chris Iannetta and the Rockies agreed to a two-year deal.

Fiers has one complete game in 123 big league starts - a no-hitter he pitched for Houston in 2015 against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

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