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Ohtani gets slight pay bump

The Associated Press

The Angels’ Shohei Ohtani hits a two-run home run against the Rangers in the eighth inning of a September 2018 game in Arlington, Texas.

The Associated PressTEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Shohei Ohtani got a modest raise from the Los Angeles Angels after winning the AL Rookie of the Year award, agreeing to a one-year contract that boosts his pay to $650,000 from last year’s minimum of $545,000.

Los Angeles announced agreements Monday with 22 players not yet eligible for arbitration. Ohtani has a split contract with a salary of $272,500 while in the minor leagues.

The 24-year-old two-way star went 4-2 with a 3.31 ERA in 10 starts as a pitcher and played 104 games overall as a rookie, hitting .285 with 22 homers and 61 RBIs.

He had surgery Oct. 1 to repair a torn ulnar collateral ligament, and the Angels think the earliest he could be ready to hit in games is in May. He isn’t expected to pitch this year.

Ohtani left the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters of the Pacific League after the 2017 season and signed with the Angels for a bonus of $2,315,000.

He will not be eligible for salary arbitration until after the 2020 season.

Ohtani will earn considerably more than Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Blake Snell, last year’s AL Cy Young Award winner.

The Rays renewed his contract Sunday for a salary while in the majors of $573,700, a raise of $15,500 and a figure $18,700 above the major league minimum, which rose to $555,000.

Arizona adds Jones on 1-yr deal

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Outfielder Adam Jones and the Arizona Diamondbacks have finalized a $3 million, one-year contract.

Jones is likely to start in center field between Steven Souza Jr. in right and David Peralta in left, pushing Ketel Marte into a utility infield and outfield role.

Jones can earn $2 million in performance bonuses for plate appearances: $250,000 for 250 and each additional 50 through 600.

He would get a $250,000 assignment bonus the first time he is traded.

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