Ohtani signs with Dodgers

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10/700 million deal. Absurdity at it's finest. Sports money is just stupid these days.

Currently yelling at son to get in back yard with hitting net...with dumbbells tied to his ankles, while balancing on a ball to work his core at same time.
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He deserves to be the highest paid athlete in any sport but wow…. Crazy contract. The rich get richer.
 

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He is thirty and just got injured.
This is the epitome of stupid.
Great player no doubt of that but a five year deal would have been risky; ten is absolutely NUTS
$700 million to a 30-year old player who just had a second Tommy John surgery who is mainly going to DH for at least the next year if not longer.
 

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$700 million to a 30-year old player who just had a second Tommy John surgery who is mainly going to DH for at least the next year if not longer.
I'd consider not letting him pitch at all the remainder of his career. Too much wear and tear. It is fun to watch, but maybe not the best thing for him to do.
 

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I'd consider not letting him pitch at all the remainder of his career. Too much wear and tear. It is fun to watch, but maybe not the best thing for him to do.
Yeah. Clearly he is not psychically up to pitching anymore but still a devastating hitter
 

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It seems to be an interesting contract structure. He gets $2 million a year for the next 10 years. The remaining $680 million(plus interest) gets deferred from age 40 to 49. Those payments supposedly gets taxed at the rate of where he resides at that time, so if he isn't in California, he will keep more.
 

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Shohei Ohtani will defer $680M in deal with Dodgers, sources say​

https://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/39092632/shohei-ohtani-defer-680m-deal-dodgers-sources

Ohtani agreed on a 10-year, $700 million contract with the Dodgers on Saturday, by far the richest in the history of North American professional sports. A source said then that the majority of the contract would come in deferred money; under this structure, however, Ohtani is deferring more than 97% of his earnings. The deferred money -- totaling $680 million -- will be paid to Ohtani between 2034 and 2043, a source said.

The deferrals were Ohtani's idea, a source close to the situation said, motivated largely by the thought of helping the Dodgers sign other players and made easier by his massive off-the-field earnings. Ohtani is believed to make upwards of $45 million annually through endorsements, a source said, making him by far the most marketable player in Major League Baseball. The Los Angeles Angels were believed to make more than $20 million annually off that same marketability during his tenure there.
 

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It seems to be an interesting contract structure. He gets $2 million a year for the next 10 years. The remaining $680 million(plus interest) gets deferred from age 40 to 49. Those payments supposedly gets taxed at the rate of where he resides at that time, so if he isn't in California, he will keep more.
Not a Bonilla Deal but almost as interesting
 

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Yeah. Clearly he is not psychically up to pitching anymore but still a devastating hitter
Is he? Lifetime .274 hitter w/ a high of 46 homers and 100 RBI's. Very good? Absolutely, I've just never bought into him being a generational player. I think because he hits and pitches he's been overrated just a bit. He's a better pitcher than hitter, no doubt.
 

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Is he? Lifetime .274 hitter w/ a high of 46 homers and 100 RBI's. Very good? Absolutely, I've just never bought into him being a generational player. I think because he hits and pitches he's been overrated just a bit. He's a better pitcher than hitter, no doubt.
Batting average is not everything. Look up Reggie Jackson's lifetime batting average. The injuries from pitching probably held him back as regards hitting. Look around today and who is a better power hitter? BUT you probably have a point about devastating. Not that great. Bluntly speaking if you throw out the noted steroid players who has been devastating in the last two generations?
 

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Batting average is not everything. Look up Reggie Jackson's lifetime batting average. The injuries from pitching probably held him back as regards hitting. Look around today and who is a better power hitter? BUT you probably have a point about devastating. Not that great. Bluntly speaking if you throw out the noted steroid players who has been devastating in the last two generations?
Power hitters don't even try to hit for average. They are going up there and playing longball and that's it. Schwarber was under the Mendoza Line this last season. Aaron Judge hit 0.267 last year and Alonso hit like 0.251 in 2023. The MLB leader in HRs last year hit 0.283 and he had 100+ more ABs than Ohtani. A handful of players keep an average above 0.300, and Ohtani was 1 of about 10 to do it last year.

He's undoubtedly a generational talent because he's one of the best players when it comes to pitching or hitting.
 

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Batting average is not everything. Look up Reggie Jackson's lifetime batting average. The injuries from pitching probably held him back as regards hitting. Look around today and who is a better power hitter? BUT you probably have a point about devastating. Not that great. Bluntly speaking if you throw out the noted steroid players who has been devastating in the last two generations?
Of course not. There is not one stat that is everything.

So, point out to me the stats that point to greatness.

Kenny Loften, Ken Griffey, Albert Pujols, Papi, Cabrera, Freeman, Goldschmidt, Beltre

Better power hitters: Judge, Stanton, Yordan Alvarez, Matt Olson, Schwarber(Low average, so not a better hitter), Alonso, Acuna

Several others close
 
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