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Shohei Ohtani signs with Dodgers in a $700 million deal

He underwent surgery in September, but is expected to be able to be ready to play in the 2024 season. 

Published: December 9, 2023 3:39pm

Updated: December 9, 2023 3:45pm

Baseball superstar Shohei Ohtani announced on Saturday that he is signing with the Los Angeles Dodgers in the largest free agent deal in Major League Baseball history. 

ESPN's Jeff Passan reports that the deal is for $700 million over ten years.

"To all the fans and everyone involved in the baseball world, I apologize for taking so long to come to a decision," Ohtani wrote on his Instagram. "I have decided to choose the Dodgers as my next team."

During his six seasons with the Los Angeles Angels, Ohtani, a star pitcher and hitter, hit .274 with 171 home runs and 437 RBI, according to The New York Post.

He underwent surgery in September, but is expected to be able to be ready to play in the 2024 season. 

“As far as the rehab — it’s going really great so far, going really well,” Ohtani said in an interview with the MLB Network. "It feels a lot better and faster than the first time I had this surgery. But at the same time, I can’t rush. I have to take everything slow and take all the right steps. My plan is to come back strong next year.”

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