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Shohei Ohtani: the Japanese superstar negotiated a $700m ten-year contract with the LA Dodgers last summer. Picture: Getty

To illustrate how valuable Shohei Ohtani is to baseball, there is a simple figure: $700 million.

That is the value of the ten year contract the Japanese superstar negotiated with the LA Dodgers last summer, surpassing the $674 million Lionel Messi got out of Barcelona over a four year period.

Here is a smaller figure that could be defining for Ohtani and American sports more widely: $4.5 million.

That is the amount Ohtani’s interpreter is ...