Shohei Ohtani’s 10-year, $700 million deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers is so massive, even top athletes in other sports were floored.
After anticipation surrounding his free agency hit a fever pitch Friday, details of Ohtani’s contract managed to continue the chaos. The fully guaranteed deal is now the largest in North American professional sports history.
People couldn’t fathom the amount Ohtani will earn, and “Seven hundred million dollars” began to trend on X, formerly Twitter. Those reactions weren’t limited to fans.
From Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes to Cleveland Cavaliers guard Donovan Mitchell, the amount is stunning. Mahomes, a two-time NFL MVP and two-time Super Bowl MVP, sent a trio of laughing emojis in response to three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year J.J. Watt’s shocked reaction.
For comparison, Mahomes’ recently restructured contract with the Chiefs pays him $210.6 million between 2023 and 2026, the most in NFL history over a four-year span. Unable to process the amount, he congratulated Ohtani on the historic deal.