Neil Walker

Here's what Angels will be shopping for at winter meetings after signing Shohei Ohtani

Here's what Angels will be shopping for at winter meetings after signing Shohei Ohtani

The Angels committed only $22.315 million to earn the rights to Japanese two-way sensation Shohei Ohtani for at least the next six seasons. Thanks to Major League Baseball rules limiting bonuses to international free agents who have not yet turned 25, they paid a deeply discounted price for baseball’s best prospect.

But all that money is an up-front cost, not spaced out as a traditional contract would entail. So, if the Angels are to improve as manager Mike Scioscia promised at Ohtani’s introductory rally Saturday, they must extend themselves beyond past comfort levels.

How far they go will be the focus of this week’s winter meetings, which begin Monday here at the Walt Disney...

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