Shohei Ohtani has decided on his big league home, ending weeks of frenzied speculation and competition among dozens of teams.
Ohtani, one of the most highly sought after free agents in recent memory, has agreed to a contract with the Los Angeles Angels, according to multiple reports.
The Cubs were one of a handful of teams to meet with Ohtani, along with the San Diego Padres, Seattle Mariners, and Texas Rangers. The free agent star opted to sign with an Angels squad that features Mike Trout and who is looking to make a jump in a crowded American League West race.
The sweepstakes to land Ohtani was one of the most remarkable in recent baseball history, as teams salivated over his ability to pitch well and to hit the ball with power. Ohtani has been clocked at 100 MPH with his fastball, posted a 3.20 ERA in his final season with the Nippon Ham Fighters, and also hit eight home runs and drove in 31 RBI in 65 games.
He has expressed a desire to pitch and to play the outfield in the big leagues, something that the Angels have been willing to accomodate.