The Angels got the biggest offseason news in years on Friday.
Nez Balelo, the agent of Japanese baseball starShohei Ohtani, said the pitcher/outfielder will sign with the Angels.
The sweepstakes is over! Shohei Ohtani will sign with the Angels, according to multiple reports. pic.twitter.com/vPA14djSDS
— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) December 8, 2017
"In the end, he felt a strong connection with the Angels and believes they can best help him reach his goals in Major League Baseball," Balelo said in a statement.
The club can now pair the 23-year-old Ohtani with two-time American League MBP Mike Trout and Kole Calhoun to make LA's outfield one of the best in MLB.
— Mike Trout (@MikeTrout) December 8, 2017
Ohtani (6-foot-3, 189 pounds) can also give the pitching staff, injury prone (Tyler Skaggs, Matt Shoemaker, Huston Street) over the past few seasons, a boost as well.
Ohtani will agree to minor-league deal and will receive around a $2.3-million signing bonus, the largest offered by an MLB club.