Shohei Ohtani Apr 30, 2023; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; Los Angeles Angels designated hitter Shohei Ohtani (17) rounds the bases after hitting a home run against the Milwaukee Brewers in the third inning at American Family Field. Mandatory Credit: Michael McLoone-USA TODAY Sports

Potential trade rumors have surrounded Angels star outfielder Shohei Ohtani for the better part of two years. They haven’t exactly gone away, but recent reports suggest that a trade is looking unlikely before the MLB trade deadline on August 1.

Ohtani has been great as usual this season, sitting in the top ten in the MLB in home runs with 17 while also recording a 3.43 ERA.

There would surely be plenty of suitors if the Angels did ultimately decide to trade Ohtani, and the haul could help in a potential rebuild should they decide to go that way. However, Dylan Hernández of the LA Times reported on Saturday that a person familiar with the Angels’ thinking believes that a trade is very unlikely.

“I don’t see that happening.”

Ohtani is notably in the final year of his contract with the Angels, and the organization could risk losing him for nothing this upcoming offseason if he does ultimately decide to sign elsewhere.

They certainly don’t want to lose him without getting anything in return, but they still clearly have hopes of keeping him around long-term with a potential contract extension.

Los Angeles is just a couple of games outside of the third Wild Card spot in the American League. If the Halos still have hopes of getting a postseason spot, keeping Ohtani will surely be crucial in doing so.

However, doing so may directly harm their future if Ohtani does ultimately end up leaving in the offseason for nothing.

[Dylan Hernández on Twitter]

About Reice Shipley

Reice Shipley is a staff writer for Comeback Media that graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in Sports Media. He previously worked at Barrett Sports Media and is a fan of all things Syracuse sports.