Source secures Shohei Ohtani for record deal – full swing

By Jesus Pérez Vichot (Suchy).

First, Heyman points to the largest position player contract ever signed by the new single-season home run record holder in the AL, Yankee outfielder Aaron Judge ($360 million who turned down a $400 million offer from the Padres). Arguably, these winter deals were fast and big.

Heyman mentions Trey Turner’s contracts ($300 million with the Phillies, rejecting the Padres’ $342 million offer) and Xander Bogaerts’ contracts ($280 million with the Padres, signing up for the contract after exercising his opt-out option). Carlos Correa ($350 million first with the Giants and then $315 million with the Mets) and Masataka Yoshida ($90 million, a record for a Japanese free agent position).

Given this whole big contract trend, Heyman thinks the Japanese two-way phenom (Ohtani) will land a deal for at least $500 million next winter. What the Japanese do on the field of play is something that has never been seen before (except for Babe Ruth).

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Ohtani is a skilled baseball player who can throw like the best and hit at a slugger level to be feared. He is the classic example of a future baseball player. He’ll be a free agent next season, and Heyman’s prediction could pay off. The 28-year-old’s chances of signing for $500 million or more are very credible.

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