Los Angeles Angels star outfielder Mike Trout has expressed his belief that his teammate Shohei Ohtani could shatter records with his next contract.
Trout, who currently holds the largest contract in MLB history with his 12-year, $426.5-million deal, thinks Ohtani’s next contract could potentially exceed that staggering figure.
In a recent episode of his Bleacher Report podcast, Trout discussed Ohtani’s future prospects with Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Mookie Betts.
When asked about the potential size of Ohtani’s next contract, Trout responded, “I think he’s anywhere between five and six hundred million dollars.” This estimation highlights the immense value Trout places on Ohtani’s abilities and marketability.
Ohtani has been enjoying a remarkable season for the Angels, displaying his versatility as both a pitcher and hitter. He currently leads the team in various pitching categories such as ERA, strikeouts, wins, WHIP, and innings pitched.
Additionally, Ohtani tops the Angels’ offensive statistics in average, hits, home runs, RBIs, and stolen bases. His exceptional performance has contributed significantly to the Angels current standing (41-35, 6 games back in the AL West).
Angels General Manager Perry Minasian acknowledged on Tuesday that the likelihood of an Ohtani trade would be extremely low if the team maintains its playoff position leading up to the August 1st trade deadline.
This statement emphasizes the team’s commitment to keeping Ohtani and their aspirations for a postseason run.
Ohtani, who signed a one-year, $30-million contract with the Angels to avoid arbitration ahead of the 2023 season, is set to become a free agent at the end of the season.
With his exceptional performance and Trout’s belief in his market value, Ohtani’s impending free agency is sure to draw near-unprecedented attention from teams eager to secure his unique talents.