Shohei Ohtani choses Angels over six other Major League Baseball teams

Rosenthal The Ohtani sweepstakes has frustrated many teams in baseball even before a winner is picked

Rosenthal The Ohtani sweepstakes has frustrated many teams in baseball even before a winner is picked

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Some MLB front offices involved in the sweepstakes to sign Japanese superstar Shohei Ohtani are reportedly "suspicious" a decision was made before the recruitment process was completed.

The Rangers ($3.535 million), Mariners ($2.557 million) and Angels ($2.315 million) have the most worldwide slot money available from that group, per Manny Randhawa of MLB.com. However, that plan will not come to fruition, as Ohtani instead chose to play for a different West Coast franchise. He had until December 22 to agree to a major league deal.

Ohtani, who bats left-handed and throws with his right-handed, played a shortened 2017 after recovering from an ankle injury that occurred at the end of 2016, an injury that also caused him to miss this year's World Baseball Classic in March.

His agent, Nez Balelo, said Ohtani felt a "true bond" with the Angels and saw it as the best environment to develop and attain his career goals. The Rangers and Mariners could each offer more than $3 million.

A fourth-round pick by Colorado in 2004, Iannetta spent parts of six seasons with the team before being traded to the Los Angeles Angels on November 30, 2011, for pitcher Tyler Chatwood.

Ohtani was 42-15 with a 2.52 ERA and a 1.08 WHIP in five seasons as a pitcher with Nippon-Ham. While he has occasionally struggled with control, Ohtani is widely thought to be a surefire big-league pitching prospect.

Ohtani turned down interest from every other big league club to join Mike Trout, the two-time MVP, with the Angels, who are coming off their second consecutive losing season and haven't won a playoff game since 2009.

It's unclear how the Angels will use Ohtani, though in all likelihood he will be in their rotation, and serve as the DH between starts. For his professional career, he has hit.283 with 48 homers and 166 RBIs in 403 games.

The Angels could ease Ohtani's transition to the majors by resting him on the days before and after he pitches, as he did in Japan.

Fiers, 32, made 28 starts and one relief appearance for Houston this year, going 8-10 with a 5.22 ERA. He also has been limited to designated hitter for the last three seasons, after playing 62 games in the outfield in his first two years in Japan.

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