According to ESPN's Jeff Passan, the deal is for 10 years and $700 million, a record-breaking contract across all major professional sports. The deal is fully guaranteed and reportedly contains no opt-outs.
Shohei Ohtani receives the largest contract in North American sports history pic.twitter.com/AQUqCaTBPo
— Yahoo Sports (@YahooSports) December 9, 2023
Yankees add Soto in 7-player swap
Orioles sign Craig Kimbrel
The Orioles needed a new closer, with flamethrower Felix Bautista out for the 2024 season, and they've found it, signing Craig Kimbrel to a one-year, $13 million contract on Dec. 6.
Cardinals add Sonny Gray to rotation
The St. Louis Cardinals are overhauling essentially their entire rotation ahead of the 2024 MLB season. After signing both Lance Lynn and Kyle Gibson, the team added Sonny Gray with a three-year, $75 million deal on Nov. 27.
Gray, 34, posted a 2.79 ERA over 184 innings with the Minnesota Twins in 2023.
Phillies bring back Aaron Nola on seven-year deal
The Philadelphia Phillies ended a couple of weeks of relative quiet early in MLB free agency when the team and pitcher Aaron Nola came to terms Nov. 19 on a seven-year, $172 million contract.
Nola was the third-ranked free agent on Crizer's top-25 list.
Stephen Vogt first of managerial hires; Craig Counsell to Cubs in shocker
In a shocking turn of events, it was also announced Nov. 6 that the Mets are hiring Carlos Mendoza as their new manager, and Craig Counsell is headed to the Chicago Cubs. Counsell signed a five-year contract with Chicago worth more than $40 million, making him the highest-paid manager in MLB.
Ron Washington lands with Angels
It's Washington's first managerial gig since he led the Texas Rangers for eight seasons from 2007 to 2014. In Arlington, Washington won two AL pennants and was one strike away from winning the World Series in 2011 before his team lost to the St. Louis Cardinals. Since 2016, Washington had been the third-base coach for the Atlanta Braves.