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.”
Whether the Angels remain in contention or not, they expect Shohei Ohtani to be on their team for the remainder of the season.
A person familiar with their thinking said of a potential Ohtani trade: “I don’t see that happening.”https://t.co/pEOAQ7F2Mf
— Dylan Hernández (@dylanohernandez) June 10, 2023
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.