Baseball: Long road brings Ohtani to Dodgers at the right time


Shohei Ohtani is now on track to become the highest-paid athlete in the world, having agreed to a $700-million 10-year contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers, in part because 11 years earlier he turned down the same team out of high school.

On Saturday, Ohtani’s agent announced a deal that would bring baseball’s most unique player to Dodger Stadium. Instead of the hard-throwing pitcher MLB scouts envisioned him becoming, the Dodgers are getting that elite pitcher, but also one of the world’s best hitters -- something he would not be now had he signed with them in 2012.

Ohtani’s development as a...

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