This 2021 MLB season It has been wholly owned by the Japanese Angels de Los Angeles, Shohei Ohtani, who in the absence of Mike Trout and Anthony Rendón, has become not just the best hitter on his team and in all of MLB, but also the best starter in his rotation and one of the most reliable pitchers in the entire Major League, being a creditor very confident of the AL MVP this year.
What Ohtani is doing is something never seen before in history; Not even Babe Ruth in his prime had such a dominant season both on the batter’s cage and off the mound, which undoubtedly makes 2021 very special. The truth is that for the Angels, the Japanese has been a real bargain in monetary terms, since they are only paying him 3 million dollars this season and 5 million for 2022.
With Ohtani potentially becoming a free agent in 2023 and 29 years old at the time, one begins to wonder how much the Japanese could be worth on the open market if he continues to play at this level between now and the end of his contract and he’s having the season. best rated in history in both facets of his game.
According to data from Fangraphs, a unit of WAR (1.0) is valued at $ 8 million for the average player, with Ohtani amassing 7.9 WAR according to Baseball Reference calculations, which would be worth around $ 64 million if We round up Shohei Ohtani’s season number, while the Angels are paying him just 3 million, paying him 21.3 times less than he is actually worth.
While his season isn’t nearly the best in WAR of all time (being a designated hitter hurts him quite a bit), the fact that Ohtani is hitting and pitching at an impressive level makes it twice as long. valuable than an All-Star player at both positions, which only suggests that his free agency value of continuing at this rate could skyrocket, perhaps breaking any contract record.