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The NORTH PARK Padres’ aggressive strategy before Tuesday’s trade deadline reportedly included making offers for Shohei Ohtani.
Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reported the Padres “made a run” at the LA Angels star but no deal is expected. The Angels are fully likely to retain Ohtani at night deadline regardless of the two-way superstar’s looming free agency following the 2023 season.
It’s likely just as much a small business decision as a baseball one for why the Angels have refused to entertain offers for Ohtani. He’s not merely arguably the very best player in baseball, but he’s also wildly popular on the international stage, particularly in his native Japan. As the brilliance of Ohtani and Mike Trout have not resulted in wins for the Angels, there’s money to be produced in getting the two biggest names in the activity spearheading your company.
Having said that, there is reason behind concern in the business. Ohtani was noncommittal when asked about his future with the franchise when discussing the problem the other day.
“No matter where I’m playing, I would like to give it my all, make an effort to win the ballgame that is right before me,” Ohtani told reporters the other day. “I’m with the Angels at this time. And I’m very thankful for what they’ve done. I must say i love the team. I really like my teammates. At this time I’m an Angel, and that is all I could really concentrate on at this time.”
Ohtani originally find the Angels over a swath of other teams when he made his decision ahead stateside prior to the 2018 season. He’s found incredible individual success, winning the 2021 AL MVP and making the AL All-Star team as a hitter and pitcher each one of the last two seasons, but team success have not followed.
The Angels certainly are a near-lock to skip the playoffs for the eighth straight season, entering Monday at 43-59. Trading Ohtani would recreate the kind of transformational haul that may change the team’s lagging farm system, but there is absolutely no one-for-one alternative to Ohtani’s generational talent.