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Shohei Ohtani breaks his silence and chooses LA Dodgers in multi million-dollar deal

Japanese player Ohtani finally broke his silence this Saturday and announced that he has elected to play for the Los Angeles Dodgers moving from city rivals LA Angels.

(FILES) Shohei Ohtani sits on the bench in the fourth inning during a game
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The recent drama surrounding Major League Baseball free agency has come to a conclusion. After several weeks of waiting and much suspense, Japanese star Shohei Ohtani has made a decision and chosen his next destination for the 2024 MLB season.

Using his his Instagram account, Ohtani apologized for the time it took to publicly announce his decision as the versatile Japanese player opted to make the short move switching from the LA Angels to one of the traditional powerhouses in MLB, Los Angeles Dodgers, who will now immediately be installed to favorites to win the World Series next season.

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“To all the fans and everyone involved in the baseball world, I apologize for taking so long to come to a decision. I have decided to choose the Dodgers as my next team.

First of all, I would like to express my sincere gratitude to everyone involved with the Angels organization and the fans who have supported me over the past six years, as well as to everyone involved with each team that was part of this negotiation process.

Especially to the Angels fans who supported me through all the ups and downs, your guys’ support and cheer meant the world to me. The six years I spent with the Angels will remain etched in my heart forever. And to all Dodgers fans, I pledge to always do what’s best for the team and always continue to give it my all to be the best version of myself.

Until the last day of my playing career, I want to continue to strive forward not only for the Dodgers but for the baseball world. There are some things that cannot be conveyed in writing, so I would like to talk more about this again at a later press conference.

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Thank you very much”

The 29-year-old will move to the Dodgers for a record $700m, 10-year contract with the Dodger Stadium based side.