LOS ANGELES – The decision is in. Shohei Ohtani is signing with the Los Angeles Angels.
Here is a statement from Nez Balelo, Shohei Ohtani's agent, about his client's decision to sign with the Angels. pic.twitter.com/oPrFPUTcX3
— Jared Diamond (@jareddiamond) December 8, 2017
The 23-year-old Japanese superstar picked the Angels over the Cubs, Giants, Dodgers, Padres, Mariners and Rangers – all of which made their own unique pitches.
According to Bruce Levine, the North Siders initial pitch included “a multi-paged booklet with illustrations and projections of how Ohtani could easily mesh with a young group that won the 2016 World Series and lost in the National League Championship Series this past season.”
Ohtani will serve a dual role with the Angels, not only pitching but hitting on a regular basis.
The Ohtani effect: the Angels odds to win the World Series improve from 50-1 to 30-1 (via @LVSuperBook).
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) December 8, 2017
The Cubs imaginative lineup would have allowed for that, but now they have some money to make other arrangements moving forward.
Ohtani goes to the Angels. Cubs were a long shot but it clears them to make their next move(s).
They are still $57 million below (not above) tax threshold. They have room to maneuver.
— George Ofman (@georgeofman) December 8, 2017