Shohei Ohtani’s (LA Angels) trade is imminent, with specific clubs and timing mentioned.
MLB Network’s John Morosi took to social media on the 25th to name specific teams that could be involved in a trade for Shohei Ohtani. The Baltimore Orioles and Arizona Diamondbacks were two of the teams mentioned, among many others.
Ohtani is currently the most sought-after player in Major League Baseball. That’s because it’s the trade deadline. The Angels were negative about trading Ohtani until the All-Star break, when they had a winning percentage above .500. They even publicly stated that they would not trade Ohtani no matter what.
But it didn’t take long for the tide to turn. As the team began to lose a number of key players to injury, including “go-to” slugger Mike Trout to surgery for a fractured fibula, and their chances of making the postseason became slim, the team became more willing to entertain trade inquiries for Ohtani.
Ever since the Angels began receiving trade inquiries for Ohtani, the local media in the United States has been in a frenzy. Reports began pouring in about the possibility of a trade, the likely suitors, the counteroffer, and even specifics about which teams were interested in acquiring Ohtani.
“There are ongoing discussions within the Angels about the sale or purchase of Ohtani,” Morrissey said on Friday, citing sources. “The Baltimore Orioles and Arizona Diamondbacks are among the teams inquiring about a possible trade. Both teams have young prospects that could be helpful in a trade.”온라인카지노
Baltimore, which is looking to make the postseason and win the American League East, and Arizona, which is in second place in the National League West, would like to keep Ohtani, even if it means hemorrhaging prospects. If a trade for Ohtani becomes a reality, it won’t take long for a decision to be made. The trade deadline is August 2.
“Club officials will likely wait until after the Detroit Tigers and Toronto Blue Jays series to determine if they are willing to trade Ohtani,” Morosi said. The Angels face Detroit from 26-28 and then Toronto from 29-31.
Through 25 games, Ohtani is 8-5 with a 3.71 ERA in 19 starts on the mound, while at the plate he’s been on fire, hitting .302 with 36 home runs, 77 RBIs, 75 runs scored and a 1.072 OPS in 98 games. At this rate, he could easily win the American League MVP and even the home run title.
Ohtani is expected to be the ‘main man’ in StubHub after this season, regardless of whether he is traded or not. He is eligible for free agency at the end of the season. The team that acquires him in a trade could be looking for a “long-term deal,” but it’s unclear if Ohtani will opt for that. What is certain at this point is that a trade for Ohtani is very likely to happen.