Contract in the $550-$600 million range?
Shohei Ohtani, assuming he does not sign a short-term deal with an outrageously high average annual value, is set to sign the largest contract in baseball history. That record is currently held by longtime Ohtani teammate Mike Trout and his $426.5 million deal. It seemed the $500 million mark was likely to be hit entering the winter, but could Ohtani wind up getting even more than that?
ESPN reports that people around baseball think Ohtani's contract could be worth $550 million or even $600 million. Those numbers would make it likely Ohtani is signing a deal of at least 12 years.
Ohtani's deal could be one of the most complicated in MLB history, too. The superstar could include multiple opt-outs in a deal, a no-trade clause, and a team might defer bigger money toward the back of the contract to have more financial flexibility in the coming seasons.