Los Angeles Angels two-way phenom Shohei Ohtani is, without a doubt, one of the most dynamic and entertaining players that Major League Baseball has to offer. Ohtani, who will likely win the American League Most Valuable Player Award this fall, is doing more than capturing the attention of the baseball world. He's doing more, too, than causing teams across the league to reconsider the viability of two-way players.
Why, Ohtani is doing what teammate Mike Trout has done for years: inspiring viral tweets about how his historic talent hasn't catapulted the Angels to postseason (or heck, even, regular season) glory, and prompting non-Angels fans to ask: when is this guy a free agent, anyway?
For the answer to that question, plus two others relevant to the topic, we direct you below.
1. When is Ohtani a free agent?
The short answer: soon-ish.
The longer answer: Ohtani, 27, will hit the open market at the conclusion of the 2023 season. MLB requires players to accumulate six years of big-league service time before they qualify for free agency. Ohtani is nearing the end of his fourth full season, putting him just two years away.
At that point, Ohtani will be 29 years old.