Saturday September 23, 2023
The Best Employers in Sports Survey is Now Open!

Shohei Ohtani’s Extension Leverage Would Soar with 2nd MVP

  • Angels star is in the second year of a two-year, $8.5 million deal signed in 2021 to avoid arbitration.
  • His next contract could rival the largest extension in MLB history.
Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
Front Office Sports Today

How Rupert Murdoch Changed Sports Media Forever

As he steps down as chair of Fox and News Corp., we discuss his monumental and ongoing impact.
Listen Now
September 22, 2023 | Podcast
Copy Link
Link Copied
Link Copied

On Wednesday, Shohei Ohtani showcased his two-way prowess by retiring the first 16 Astros batters, matching his career-high 12 strikeouts, and going 2-for-4 with two RBI in the AL West-leading Angels’ seventh win in nine games.

After a slow start to the season at the plate and on the mound, Ohtani looks back on track in his bid for a second consecutive AL MVP — and a massive contract extension.

As he continues to rack up historic accomplishments and paradigm-shifting performances like these, his leverage soars for his next deal — which could ultimately rival the biggest in MLB history.

  • The 27-year-old is in the second year of a two-year, $8.5M deal signed in 2021 to avoid arbitration.
  • He’s eligible for Arbitration 3 after the season and would be a UFA in 2024.
  • If he wins MVP, he’ll be the 33rd MLB player to win multiple awards — and the 13th to go back-to-back.

In January, Ohtani said he and the Angels have held “no talks yet” about an extension, but it should land near Mookie Betts’ record 2020 deal with the Dodgers (12 YRs, $365M)  — or the second-largest, inked in 2019 by Ohtani’s teammate, Mike Trout (10 YRs, $360M).

Last season, Ohtani’s MVP performance was one of the few bright spots on an underachieving team, but leading the Angels to their first postseason since 2014 could lock up his second MVP (current favorite, +350).

Copy Link
Link Copied
Link Copied

What to Read


NHL’s Chris Foster on Amplifying Content Distribution With Automation

Learn how the NHL is using WSC Sports to increase fan engagement.

Royals Miss Self-Imposed Deadline To Select Stadium Site

Ongoing discussions with Jackson, Clay Counties prompt timetable shift

How Daktronics Helps Elite Athletic Programs Secure Top Talent

How colleges are utilizing Daktronics' displays to elevate recruiting.

Rays Eye Much More Stable Future With Stadium Deal

Ballpark deal ends years of relocation rumors
podcast thumbnail mobile
Front Office Sports Today

How Rupert Murdoch Changed Sports Media Forever


Featured Today

Deion Sanders with The Rock on ESPN's "College GameDay."

Deion Sanders Generated $45M In Earned Media For Colorado

From Sept.1-22, Sanders generated $45.7M for the public university.
September 23, 2023

Up Next For College Football Playoffs: More Change, Money, And ... Streaming?

Many changes are coming to the CFP when it expands to 12 teams.
September 22, 2023

Warriors Stake Reportedly Up For Sale at $7B Valuation

A 10% stake in the franchise could cost $700 million.
September 22, 2023

Jaguars Threaten Move Without $1B From Jacksonville Taxpayers

The Jagaurs are hoping to renovate TIAA Bank Field for $2 billion.


Powered By

Careers in Sports

Looking for a new job? Check out these featured listings and search for openings all over the world.
Chicago Cubs
New York
Tri Star Sports and Entertainment Group, Inc.
USA - Multiple Locations

Eli Manning: Keep MetLife Field Turf

Eli Manning feels that MetLife Stadium should keep its artificial turf field.
Joe Burrow’s $275 million deal makes him the league’s highest-paid player, with an average annual salary of $55 million per year.
September 11, 2023

The 10 Highest-Paid NFL Quarterbacks

Burrow's $275M extension is second to Patrick Mahomes' Chiefs deal.
Travis Kelce
September 7, 2023

Travis Kelce Talks Positional Values, Players Sports Betting Ahead of NFL Season

Kelce says tight ends should be paid off of production metrics.
Ravens QB Lamar Jackson is by far the NFL's highest paid player for this season.
September 7, 2023

The 25 Highest-Paid NFL Players for 2023

Lamar Jackson will make almost double the second-highest paid player.
September 6, 2023

Mahomes Creating New Model For Athlete Investments

Two-time champion building extensive sports investment portfolio
Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Haason Reddick (7) against the Kansas City Chiefs during Super Bowl LVII at State Farm Stadium.
September 6, 2023

Reddick: Inside Linebacker Pay Going In ‘Right Direction’

Haason Reddick is glad that inside linebackers are hitting new salary heights.
August 31, 2023

Giannis Antetokounmpo’s Sports Empire Is Only Getting Bigger

NBA superstar's investment in TGL team expands business portfolio
Giannis Antetokounmpo and his brothers have invested in LAGC, the TGL golf team owned by the Williams sisters and Alexis Ohanian.
August 30, 2023

Giannis Antetokounmpo Invests in TGL’s Los Angeles Golf Club

LAGC is owned by Alexis Ohanian, Serena, and Venus Williams.