Looks like Shohei Ohtani feelers are being sent out.
According to MLB Network’s Jon Morosi, the Los Angeles Angels have been discussing potential trade scenarios involving Shohei Ohtani with other teams ahead of the MLB trade deadline on August 1st.
The Angels have communicated about Shohei Ohtani trade scenarios with other teams in recent days.
Even as the Angels have won 6 of 8, the possibility of an Ohtani trade remains.
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) July 24, 2023
However, ESPN’s Alden Gonzalez reports that a trade involving Ohtani may not be very likely.
“Front-office sources throughout the industry said things were quiet on the trade front over the weekend, and many of them have a hard time believing Angels owner Arte Moreno will trade Ohtani in the first place—especially since the team has found a way to remain in contention without Mike Trout and Anthony Rendon.”
Many front-office sources believe that Angels owner Arte Moreno is unlikely to trade Ohtani, especially since the team has remained competitive even without key players Mike Trout and Anthony Rendon.
The Angels currently have a record of 51-49 and are eight games behind the first-place Texas Rangers in the American League West, as well as four games off the final wild-card spot. FanGraphs gives them a 14.1 percent chance of making it to the playoffs.
Being in this position makes it difficult to determine whether to trade Ohtani or not. While the odds of making the playoffs are not in their favor, the front office may not want to appear as if they are giving up on the season when reaching the playoffs is still technically possible.
If the Angels were further behind in the standings, their general manager Perry Minasian would have more incentive to trade Ohtani before the deadline.
This is a point that many fans argue for as well. ESPN’s Buster Olney spoke with various front office personnel who believe it’s a no-brainer for the Angels to trade Ohtani now, before he becomes a free agent. The fear is that if they don’t, they may only receive a compensatory pick in the offseason if Ohtani signs with another team, which would be a significant loss.
However, it’s important to note that making this decision isn’t easy for the person actually executing the trade. Examples from the past, such as the Boston Red Sox trading Babe Ruth to the New York Yankees and trading Mookie Betts to the Los Angeles Dodgers instead of extending his contract, serve as reminders of the potential backlash that can arise from trading star players.
Some Angels fans would prefer to see Ohtani stay with the team and hope for a good-faith effort to re-sign him, even if it doesn’t ultimately work out.
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