The drama-filled story of this off-season has finally come to an end. As Shohei Ohtani has decided to sign with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
Ohtani's agent Nez Balelo made the official announcement through a statement prepared by CAA.
Ohtani made sure to thank all the MLB teams that were apart of the process for their time and effort:
“This morning, after a thorough, detailed process, Shohei Ohtani has decided to sign with the Los Angeles Angels. Shohei is humbled and flattered by all the time and effort that so many teams put into their presentations and sincerely thanks them for their professionalism."
And indicated that his decision to sign with the Angels is because they were the team he felt a connection with:
"In the end, he felt a strong connection with the Angels and believes they can best help him reach his goals in Major League Baseball."
The Angels will be paying Ohtani a bonus of $2.3 million dollars and his $20 million posting fee to the Nippon-Ham Fighters of the Japanese League.
They ended up paying $1.2 million dollars below what the other finalist Mariners and Rangers could pay for Ohtani, which was at $3.5 million. Same as the Yankees, but they didn't even get a meeting with the Ohtani.
Mariners, Rangers and Yankees will have until June 15 to use that money or lose it.
Nobody had the Angels as the favorites to land Ohtani, but it seems he had a desire to stay in Los Angels but the Dodgers could not provide the DH spot he wanted.
On the Angels he will most likely be splitting time with Albert Pujols at DH and the Dominican will probably play a little more first base and rest a little more often in 2018.
Ohtani will also be joining baseball's best all-around player in Mike Trout and if Ohtani becomes a superstar, the pair could become the most marketable players in all of a baseball.
The Angels also signed Justin Upton this off-season and Kevin Maitán (top prospect) this winter.
"The Japanese Babe Ruth" will also be winning very little in his first years in the Big Leagues, as he will be on the minimum salary for three years and three years of arbitration after that.
That could help the Angels become real contenders in the AL, as they can now spend in other areas, like starting pitching.
Where they could land a Jake Arrieta to lead a young rotation that will also count with Ohtani.
Another need for the Angels will be at second base and third base, where someone like a Neil Walker and Mike Moustakas could be a perfect fit.
Moustakas has even made it known that he wants to play in Los Angeles.