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Diamond Deal

Shohei Ohtani, one of baseball's biggest stars, will depart the Los Angeles Angels and head across town to the Los Angeles Dodgers after signing a contract reportedly worth $700M. In total value, the 10-year deal is believed to be the biggest contract signed by any athlete in global sports history. 

A rare two-way player (pitching and hitting), Ohtani was considered one of the most sought-after free agents in baseball history. Last season, he became the first-ever player to win 10 games as a pitcher and hit more than 40 home runs, and is the only player to have twice been unanimously selected as league MVP. Since entering the MLB in 2018, he's notched 38 wins and more than 600 strikeouts from the mound while knocking 171 home runs and driving in another 437 runs. 

The three-time All-Star joins an already formidable Dodgers squad. Since 2017, they have won 100 games or more five times and played in three World Series, winning the title in 2020. 

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