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Shohei Ohtani to earn $680m when contract ends
Shohei Ohtani reached an agreement with the Dodgers on the terms of a monstrous contract.

He signed a 10-year contract valued at a whopping $700 million.

He was expected to break the bank, and that’s exactly what happened.

Doing a quick calculation without any other data, we understand that the Japanese sensation will earn $70 million a year. That’s an impressive sum for an athlete, but… not so fast.

According toThe Athletic, Ohtani has agreed to receive only $2 million per season until his contract is up. The Dodgers will have to pay him the remaining amount when his contract expires…

He will therefore receive $20 million from 2024 to 2033 and $680 million from 2024 to 2043, i.e. the 10 years after the end of his contract.

But why did Ohtani decide to go in this direction?

It’s not complicated: he wants to enable his club to sign other talented players, to give himself a better chance of winning the World Series.

This is, well… pretty special. The Dodgers may be thinking that $68M per year starting in 2034 will hurt less to pay than it does now, and that makes sense in a way because revenues keep rising in MLB.

But $68 million today and $68 million 10 years from now are not the same thing. Since there’s no interest payable to Ohtani, he accepts that the club collects the interest for him.

However, Ohtani earns around $50 million a year in sponsorship alone. He’s not too worried about the finances, so…

Note that the amount that will be entered under the luxury tax for the Dodgers will be $46 million, since in net present value terms, his contract is worth $460 million. So, they’ve got plenty of money to look for reinforcements. The club really needs starting pitchers in the short term.

It’s also worth noting that taxes in California are higher than elsewhere. If the pitcher and hitter of choice no longer lives there when his contract expires, he could potentially save money there.

Nathan MacKinnon decided a few years ago to sign at a discount with the Avalanche so he’d be in a position to win, and his strategy worked. That said, we rarely see NHL players put the team’s success ahead of their own financial success… And that’s why I tip my hat to Shohei Ohtani.

Ohtani knows how to make new friends quickly, let’s put it that way.


– It makes sense. He scored 39 goals last season, after all.

– The team is starting to take shape.

– A returner in Montreal.

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