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Mets Morning News: Details of Ohtani’s record-breaking deal emerge

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Meet the Mets

Kodai Senga discussed his first season in the major leagues with Atsuya Furuta. You can read a whole thread here. There were a lot of interesting tidbits, like how he learned how to get used to MLB’s balls from Max Scherzer and Justin Verlander.

Yoshinobu Yamamoto is expected to pick a team “within the next two weeks or so” according to several people in the industry.

The Mets will move on with the Ohtani sweepstakes in the rearview.

Brent Maguire identified Jorge Soler as a possible player to jump from one division team to another, as he sees the Mets as a potential fit for the ex-Marlin slugger.

Ex-Mets GM made a joke about Bobby Bonilla Day after details of Ohtani’s deferrals emerged (more on that later).

On Sunday, Ronny Mauricio endured a knee injury while playing for Tigres del Licey and is undergoing some tests.

The Mets added another Rylan Bannon on a minor league contract with an invite to spring training.

Around the National League East

The Braves filled three openings on their coaching staff.

The Phillies are continuing contract extension talks with Bryce Harper.

Even with Ohtani joining a National League club, Philadelphia could have fewer contenders to deal with in 2024.

Around Major League Baseball

The details of Shohei Ohtani’s deal with the Dodgers emerged, and it’s eye-opening. Ohtani will be paid $2 million annually for the length of his contact, with a record $680 million in deferred money being paid starting in 2034. The deal will carry a $46 million on the luxury tax for Los Angeles.

The idea was reportedly Ohtani’s idea, as he was educated on it and determined it was “the right thing to do”.

According to an article in the collective-bargaining agreement, deferred money is limitless, so the Dodgers and Ohtani are playing within the rules.

Ohtani making $50 million annually off the field will help him offset the deferred money.

The deferrals could help Los Angeles land Yamamoto. The Dodgers are reportedly meeting with the star right-hander later this week.

The Yankees completed a trade with L.A. to help them clear two roster spots for Ohtani and for Joe Kelly. They sent Trey Sweeney to the Dodgers for Victor Gonzalez and Jorbit Vivas.

Thomas Harrigan offered some dates to circle on the calendar around Ohtani’s 2024 schedule.

The Blue Jays’ offer to Ohtani was reportedly ‘right there’ with the Dodgers’ offer.

Manny Randhawa examined some players who will look to cash in with big walk years in 2024.

What’s next for Mike Trout and the Angels now that Ohtani has jumped ship for Hollywood?

The Giants met with Yoshinobu Yamamoto on Sunday, while the Mets’ crosstown rivals held their meeting with the starter yesterday.

The Royals are interested in Marcus Stroman, and have also had discussions with Lucas Giolito and Michael Wacha.

MLB announced the broadcast coverage for their Special Event Games.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Chris McShane made his second attempt at finding the Mets an outfielder.

Episode 254 of From Complex to Queens reviewed the Rule V Draft.

This Date in Mets History

On this date in 1986, the Mets sent three Kevins, a Shawn, and a Stan, for a Kevin, a Gene, and an Adam (Kevin Mitchell, Kevin Armstrong, Kevin Brown, Shawn Abner, and Stan Jefferson to the Padres for Kevin McReynolds, Gene Walter, and Adam Ging).