by Ryan Glasspiegel at nypost.com
Shohei Ohtani’s blockbuster 10-year, $700 million contract with the Dodgers contains even crazier deferrals than previously realized.
Ohtani will receive just $2 million per year during his decade-long contract, with $68 million each season getting deferred to be paid out between 2034 to 2043, The Post’s Jon Heyman confirmed.
For purposes of the competitive balance tax, Ohtani’s deal will be valued at $46 million per year.
The Athletic first reported the Ohtani contract details and said Ohtani makes around $50 million a year away from the field.
Ohtani was said to have proposed the structure of the deal himself, as it will heavily aid the Dodgers in supplying talent around the former Angel.
ESPN’s Jeff Passan noted that MLB has no provisions limiting the amount of deferrals, so the Ohtani deal should be able to pass regulatory muster.