The mere idea of an otani trade would spark a frenzy of speculation and wishful thinking — and for good reason. The 28-year-old is in the midst of another impressive season, having hit the 2.81 ERA with a strike rate of 36.4% and 5.8% over a 99 1/3 round. It also hits .254/.349/.486 with 21 home runs and 11 base hits. Dating back to last season, Ohtani made .256/.363/.550 with 67 home runs in 1,052 board appearances while also playing 229 2/3 innings from 3.02 balls with a strike rate of 32.3%. It’s a legitimate historical performance, one that current fans have never seen in their lives.
Sure enough, the angels will at least hear something that can only be understood in light of another disastrous season. Although Ohtani has been MVP three times Mike Trout Pinning the roster, Halos sit on a 42-57 record and are already finding themselves all left out of the post-season fray. Incredibly, this is a common affliction in Anaheim, where the Angels haven’t reached the playoffs long ago in 2014 – three seasons before Ohtani made his MLB debut. Frequent injuries up and down the court regularly coupled with instant drops from high-priced stars like Josh HamiltonAnd the Albert Pujols And the Anthony Rendon To leave the Angels with an extremely heavy roster that has rarely accommodated the playoff competition.
In the meantime, Ohtani is arguably the game’s biggest deal since hitting the arena. Rather than wait until he is old enough to qualify as a professional player in the international market (age 25), he has instead opted to move to Major League Baseball at just 23 years old. By doing so, Otani has purposefully subjected himself to the international bonus restrictions that govern signing MLB teams for amateur players, leaving hundreds of millions of dollars on the table in order to accelerate his path to the top league in the world.
Shocking as it was at the time, Ohtani found himself in a good position for a landmark decade before long. He’s currently playing with just $5 million in his second year of refereeing eligibility, but he’s likely to get a massive raise this winter and is eligible to become a free agent after the 2023 season. Any team that bids for Otani will do so knowing they can only control him for a while A season and a half, and that the right to do so would cost them a massive portion of the farm system. An executive who spoke to Heyman and Sherman noted that the Angels “want something like your four best prospects” in exchange for Otani’s final season as well as club control.
But as the remaining control wanes, the angels face a dilemma. On the other hand, it is easy to say that they should be prepared to do whatever is necessary to sign Ohtani on the historic extension of the contract that will surely order him. At the same time, Angels had both Trout and Rendon on the books at more than $35 million annually for the foreseeable future – Rendon through 2026, Trout until 2030. Ohtani would undoubtedly add another yearly salary of over $35 million to the ledger (probably north of this the amount).
That would be a justifiable spending, but it takes two to make a deal. Ohtani has spoken multiple times in the past about his desire to play for a rival club and make it to MLB Posteason, and instead the Angels stumbled through a period of hard-to-understand absurdity during his time with the organization. When asked just last night about his desire to stay with the Angels for the long term, Otani told Sam Bloom of The Athletic:
“No matter where I play, I want to do my best, try to win the ball game right in front of me. I am with the Angels now, and I am so grateful for what they did. I really love the team. I love my teammates. Now I am an Angel, and that All I can really focus on at this point.”
While this is far from a direct statement that he hopes to be traded, it is of course notable that when given the opportunity, Ohtani did not express hope of staying with the angels for the long term. The record-setting offer may still lead to an agreement, but it can’t be known. It is generally fair to assume that when discussing MLB contracts, money is made at the end of the day. However, as previously noted, Ohtani once waived what would have been a $200 million contract as a free agent to instead sign a $2.315 million signing bonus – which wasn’t even the highest bonus available to him at the time. . The original agreement with the angels in 2017.
Even if the deal is unlikely to gather in such a short time, it nonetheless has a wonderful wrinkle added to what is already shaping up to be one of the most interesting deadlines in MLB history. There has been almost no noticeable movement up to this point, which generally sets the stage for unbridled chaos in the last 48 to 72 hours before the 6 p.m. ET deadline on Tuesday.