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Shohei Ohtani and Lionel Messi: MLB Exec Highlights Stars’ Marketability Ahead of Free Agency Move
- Shohei Ohtani is primed to sign the biggest contract in MLB history this winter
- The Japanese star’s value comes from his superb two-way play and marketability
- An MLB executive likened Ohtani’s upcoming move to Lionel Messi’s Inter Miami switch
The Shohei Ohtani sweepstakes is heating up, with the Japanese superstar expected to sign a contract north of $500 million for his new MLB deal.
He is the modern-day Babe Ruth, excelling both on the mound and at the plate as the league’s only two-way player.
His marketability makes him so valuable for teams, with an American League executive comparing Ohtani’s impending move this winter to Lionel Messi’s transfer to the United States.
Ohtani to have same impact as Messi
The unnamed source told The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal why that is the case, saying:
"Look at the example of Messi in Miami. I think Ohtani is the same model."
Messi moved to Inter Miami last June, helping transform the fortunes of a club with the worst attendance in Major League Soccer.
He improved Inter Miami’s quality on the pitch, leading the Herons to the Leagues Cup title in his first tournament with the club.
Inter Miami’s games were also sold out, with fans desperate to see one of football’s greatest players live.
The team that will sign Ohtani this winter will undoubtedly get a ratings boost and an increase in ticket sales.
Ohtani's new team will earn big bucks
Bruce Levine shared some information on 670 The Score’s Inside the Clubhouse, per CubsInsider.com, on how much money Ohtani will bring to the team that gets him.
A source with the Los Angeles Angels, Ohtani’s former club, told Levine that the baseball star “is worth $100 million in revenue for a team that has him.”
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That amount is yearly, meaning a team will earn around a billion dollars if they sign Ohtani to a 10-year deal this winter.
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Ohtani crowned AL Home Run king
Sports Brief recently reported on Ohtani’s home run pace in the 2023 MLB season.
The two-way star finished with 44 homers to win the American League home run title for the first time.
He is the first Japanese player to win the home run title in Major League Baseball.