Deadline Looms: Los Angeles Angels Contemplate Trade Offers for Shohei Ohtani Amidst Challenging Season

Los Angeles Angels Considering Trade Options for Shohei Ohtani

The Los Angeles Angels are reportedly exploring the possibility of trading Shohei Ohtani, the 2021 AL MVP, before the end of the month. While a trade is seen as unlikely, the organization is said to be open to considering incoming trade requests. According to MLB Network’s Jon Morosi, the team will take into account their performance over the upcoming homestand when making a decision. Ohtani is expected to sign a record-breaking contract in the upcoming offseason, but potential suitors may want to avoid the free agent sweepstakes and make an offer to the Angels before the August 1st deadline.

Ohtani, the 29-year-old two-way sensation, had a remarkable first half of the MLB season, emerging as the frontrunner for the AL MVP title. He led the league with 32 home runs and showcased his pitching skills with a 3.32 ERA across 17 starts. However, injuries to key players like Mike Trout and Anthony Rendon, as well as Ohtani himself, have caused the team’s performance to decline. With a current record of 45-46, the Angels are five games behind the third and final AL wild card spot and sit fourth in the AL West, trailing the division-leading Texas Rangers by seven games.

The Angels will begin the second half of the season with a nine-game homestand. They are set to face the Houston Astros over the weekend, followed by matchups against the New York Yankees and Pittsburgh Pirates next week. While teams like the New York Yankees, Los Angeles Dodgers, and New York Mets have the financial resources to pursue Ohtani’s services in free agency, the San Francisco Giants and Boston Red Sox are also rumored to be potential contenders. It remains to be seen whether any team will present the Angels with a trade package enticing enough to convince them to part ways with Ohtani.

If no suitable trade offer arises, the Angels could choose to hold onto Ohtani for the remainder of the season and risk losing him in the winter for nothing more than a draft pick. As the trade deadline approaches, all eyes will be on the Angels to see if they decide to make a bold move or if Ohtani will continue to don the Angels’ uniform for the foreseeable future.

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