Ohtani, Angels agree two-year deal

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Shohei Ohtani has agreed a new two-year deal with the Los Angeles Angels, the team said Monday

Japanese star Shohei Ohtani has agreed a new two-year contract with the Los Angeles Angels taking him through to the end of the 2022 campaign, the team said Monday.

The 26-year-old two-way player's deal is worth $8.5 million and means the club avoid having to go to arbitration.

Ohtani joined the Angels in 2017 and won Rookie of the Year honours in 2018 after a dazzling debut season which saw him club 22 homers and 61 RBIs while posting a 3.31 ERA from the mound in 10 starts.

However he was forced to undergo surgery for an elbow injury at the end of 2018, leaving him unable to pitch in 2019.

His appearances at the plate were limited last season after a rocky return to the mound against the Oakland Athletics, where he gave up five runs without making an out.