Sport: Angels reportedly listening to offers for MVP Shohei Ohtani, trade before deadline 'highly unlikely'

Shohei Ohtani rumors: Are Angels making a big mistake?

  Shohei Ohtani rumors: Are Angels making a big mistake? The LosAngeles Angels are getting calls on Shohei Ohtani ahead of the MLB trade deadline. Despite having Shohei Ohtani and Mike Trout in their organization, the Los Angeles Angels are going to need more than a prayer or two to make it into the expanded AL postseason in October. The Angels have two of the most gifted players of their generation on their team, yet they cannot even remotely sniff the playoffs. Perennial AL MVP candidate Mike Trout might be breaking down physically. While Ohtani is doing things nobody has ever seen on a baseball diamond, this team is 39-54, 11.5 games out of the last AL Wild Card spot and 22.

As of late Monday morning, AL MVP Shohei Ohtani is still an Angel.

Could the Los Angeles Angels decide to trade superstar Shohei Ohtani? © Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports Could the Los Angeles Angels decide to trade superstar Shohei Ohtani?

According to Jim Bowden of The Athletic, the Los Angeles Angels have been conversing with other teams regarding the two-way sensation's availability on the trade market, but Ohtani will likely be staying put in a Halos' uniform.

With that being said, what transpires with Washington Nationals superstar Juan Soto before Tuesday's trade deadline could impact what happens with Ohtani.

"A team that loses out on Soto could pivot and come for Ohtani, who will be a free agent after next season. Despite being five years older than Soto and having one less year of control, Ohtani has similar trade value because he’s a two-way star, and could bring back a similarly valued package," Bowden wrote. "It appears the Angels will need to revisit the Ohtani situation in the offseason. At this stage, I think he stays put, at least until the winter, but you never know. The Yankees, Dodgers, Padres, Blue Jays and Cardinals would be the most likely destinations if Ohtani is somehow traded before the deadline."

Duran rallies Rangers past Angels despite immaculate inning

  Duran rallies Rangers past Angels despite immaculate inning ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Ezequiel Duran hit a three-run double in the ninth inning as the Texas Rangers beat the Angels 5-2 Sunday despite Los Angeles starter Reid Detmers throwing an immaculate inning. Texas took three of four from the Angels and went 5-6 on its season-high, 11-game road trip. Detmers became the first pitcher in seven years with a no-hitter and an immaculate inning in the same season, achieving the latter during the second inning when he struck out Duran, Kole Calhoun and Charlie Culberson on nine pitches. It is the fourth immaculate inning in the majors this year and the 109th in baseball's recorded history.

On the mound, Ohtani has gone 9-6 while currently sporting career-best marks in ERA (2.81) and WHIP (1.01) in 2022, while racking up 145 strikeouts over 99 1/3 innings pitched covering 17 starts. At the plate, the two-time All-Star has collected 22 home runs, 62 RBIs and 11 stolen bases while slashing .255/.352/.495 across 368 at-bats.

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ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Shohei Ohtani hit a homer in the eighth inning to get the Angels’ offense started, and Taylor Ward hit a game-ending two-run blast to right-center in the 11th inning as Los Angeles completed a come-from-behind 5-3 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Saturday night. It was Ward’s second career game-ending home run, and first since the final game of the 2018 season, as the Angels won for the fourth time in five games. CarlosIt was Ward’s second career game-ending home run, and first since the final game of the 2018 season, as the Angels won for the fourth time in five games.

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