Washington Nationals’ Juan Soto isn’t the only high-profile baseball player mentioned in trade rumors before Tuesday’s deadline.
Los Angeles Angels star Shohei Ohtani was also mentioned in the trade rumours. The New York Post reported Thursday that the team has submitted potential business ideas for the two-way player.
Ohtani, who won the 2021 MLS Player of the Year, averaged .255 with 22 home runs and a .847 OPS. He also has a 2.81 ERA with 145 hits in 17 appearances on the hill. Addressed the rumors Thursday evening.
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“No matter where I play, I will do my best and try to win the ball game in front of me,” Ohtani said through an interpreter. “I’m with the Angels now, and I’m so grateful for what they’ve done. I love my team and teammates. Now I’m an Angel, and that’s all I can focus on.”
One executive told the New York Post that the Angels were looking for “something like your four best prospects.” Two other executives told the newspaper that Ohtani’s trading in Los Angeles appeared to be “very weak”.
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Ohtani’s trade is sure to send shock waves throughout baseball. He’s one of the best players on the plate and on the hill.
Otani signed a two-year contract in February 2021 to avoid arbitration. He has another round of refereeing ahead of the 2023 season and could be an unrestricted free agent in 2024.
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He joined the Angels prior to the 2018 season. The team has not made the playoffs since joining the team and has not participated in the post-season since 2014.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.