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LA Angels star Shohei Ohtani is amid just one more MVP-caliber season, and he reportedly is hoping to be paid therefore on his next contract.
In accordance with Jon Heyman of the NY Post, Ohtani “will certainly seek to end up being the first $50 million (or even more) player as a 2024 free agent, and considering his amazing achievements, he has a right to be the games best-paid player, because the sports true triple threat (hitting, pitching, marketing).”
Heyman noted that Ohtani’s financial aspirations supply the Angels a “poor” chance at retaining him on a long-term deal. There have been reports that teams round the league were inquiring about Ohtani’s availability before the trade deadline, but negotiations didn’t get far after Angels owner Arte Moreno “emphatically halted them with a day-plus to go.”
By keeping Ohtani following the trade deadline, LA likely missed its best possiblity to land a considerable haul of prospects to restock their farm system. Heyman added that Ohtani’s nonchalant method of the trade rumors also influenced the team to help keep him.
“Folks round the Angels believe there is one real desire to do the proper thingwhich is trade Ohtani nowand that has been only when he definitively said he wanted out,” Heyman wrote. “But that hope dissipated when he was noncommittal in public areas comments your day after The Post reported the Angels were likely to investigate trading him.”
Entering Thursday, Ohtani is batting .256 with 25 home runs and 66 RBI. He also offers a 10-7 record on the mound with a 2.68 ERA and 157 strikeouts.
Ohtani is making $5.5 million this year and is qualified to receive arbitration in 2023 before free agency the next year. The Angels have didn’t find success during his tenure on the team, and it’s really likely he doesn’t desire to spend his prime playing for a non-contender. Heyman noted that there surely is a chance LA explores trading Ohtani following the 2022 season concludes.