The agreement was of the one-year variety, closed out at $1.2 million.
Los Angeles made sure to welcome their new player.
Not with a fancy hype video like the Pittsburgh Pirates, but with a cool and funny post.
“Just a pair of two-way legends on the mound at the Big A,” the Angels tweeted with a picture of Shohei Ohtani and Brett Phillips dominating on the mound.
just a pair of two-way legends on the mound at the Big A 🤩 pic.twitter.com/MgugCxmWWK
— Los Angeles Angels (@Angels) January 10, 2023
Well, at least one of them was dominating, and since we won’t tell you, you will have to guess.
Fine, we will tell you.
Ohtani won the AL MVP award in 2021 with a historic two-way performance that included 46 home runs and a 3.18 ERA.
Last season, he came in second, but was equally dominant: a 2.33 ERA and 34 home runs.
Phillips, a fantastic defender but a below-average hitter, is also famous for having pitched four games for the Tampa Bay Rays in the last two seasons.
He is perhaps the icon of position players pitching.
Whenever there was a blowout and Tampa was involved, he would get the ball.
Between the two seasons, he has a 16.20 ERA in five innings.
We would bet that we haven’t seen the last of him on a Major League mound.