Japanese star Shohei Ohtani will sign with Angels


He had a scary moment in May when a 93 miles per hour pitch by a Pittsburgh reliever hit him in the face.

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.

Meanwhile, the Angels, who have missed the playoffs since 2014, look to add more dimension to their roster in the long term, as well as wins in the short term. "He sees this as the best environment to develop and reach the next level and attain his career goals".

Ohtani, 23, had also met with the Chicago Cubs, Texas Rangers, Los Angeles Dodgers, San Francisco Giants, San Diego Padres and Seattle Mariners.

Ohtani's agent at CAA, Nez Balelo issued a statement on hit client's ultimate decision to sign with the Angels, citing a connection with the Angels.

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The Angels will have to pay the $20 million posting fee to Ohtani's previous club, the Nippon Ham Fighters, but Ohtani will not be paid a huge salary for the next three seasons. So did Angels general manager Billy Eppler, who was an executive for the Yankees at the time.

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. The Angels have $2.315 million in cap space and certainly all of that will go to Ohtani. But the Angels' newest worldwide star remains a viable option as both as a designated hitter as well as an important new part of the Angels' pitching rotation. After using most of their allotment for global players, the Angels had to make two trades in the past 10 days to acquire another $2.21 million worth of spending space.

Many speculated that Ohtani would prefer to play in the American League, where he could pitch out of a starting rotation and serve as a designated hitter between starts - maximizing his time on the mound and at the plate, at least in theory.

Ohtani (6-foot-3, 189 pounds) can also give the pitching staff, injury prone (Tyler Skaggs, Matt Shoemaker, Huston Street) over the past few seasons, a boost as well.

Fiers, 32, made 28 starts and one relief appearance for Houston this year, going 8-10 with a 5.22 ERA.