Sport: Report: Angels Were ’Never Close’ to Trading Shohei Ohtani

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.

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It turns out that the Angels star was never really available at the trade deadline.

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With the Angels spiraling in a lost season, there was plenty of speculation over who would be available from their roster at the trade deadline.

The franchise is well out of playoff contention, marking another year in which they have wasted two generational talents in outfielder Mike Trout and two-way pitcher and designated hitter Shohei Ohtani.

The Angels made some smaller moves at the deadline, but none that involved Ohtani, who is scheduled to be a free agent following the 2023 season.

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  Ohtani fans 11, but Seager, Lowe lead Texas to 2-0 win ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Shohei Ohtani dazzled batters with his wicked slider, blew them away with his 100-mph fastball and repeatedly pitched out of trouble while racking up 11 strikeouts. The AL MVP's latest impressive start also included a few mistakes, and Ohtani and his fellow Angels couldn't manage any runs to make up for them during an encouraging win for the Texas Rangers. Nathaniel Lowe homered and tripled, and Corey Seager had an RBI double among his three hits off Ohtani in Texas’ 2-0 victory over Los Angeles on Thursday night.

Rumors arose that Ohtani might be tradable, but the deadline came and went with him remaining on the roster.

But how close were the Angels to actually trading their two-way star?

“Not close at all,” Fox Sports and The Athletic baseball reporter Ken Rosenthal told Kevin Burkhardt on Saturday.

“In fact, it never even really got off the ground. I spoke with two teams that were in contact with the Angels and they said that the Angels basically left the impression ‘We’re gonna need six high-end guys, and even then that might not be enough, and even then, most likely owner Artie Moreno doesn’t want to do this anyway, so we’re probably wasting our time.’

“The question then becomes, okay, what is Ohtani’s future with the Angels? Would they trade him this offseason? Most people in the industry doubt they would even do that, and then he’s a free agent after the ’23 season and they’re going to effectively lose him for perhaps only a draft pick.

Shohei Ohtani speaks on his future with Angels

  Shohei Ohtani speaks on his future with Angels Following a loss to the Texas Rangers on Thursday night, Los Angeles Angels’ dynamic talent Shohei Ohtani was asked about his future with a team that is currently 15 games below .500. Ohtani told Sam Blum of The Athletic he is just trying to win regardless of where he’s playing, but he did say he’s Read more The post Shohei Ohtani speaks on his future with Angels appeared first on The Comeback: Today’s Top Sports Stories & Reactions.“Regardless of where I’m playing, I’m going to give it my all and try to win that ballgame in front of me,” Ohtani (seen above after a July 26 home run) said. “I’m with the Angels right now, and I’m very thankful for what they’ve done. I love my team and my teammates.

“Ohtani as a trade chip, Kevin, you can imagine what he would have brought, it might have been even more than Juan Soto brought considering he’s two players, right? Top of the rotation starter and middle of the order hitter. Granted, he’s under control for one fewer year than Soto but my goodness, it’s Shohei Ohtani and the Angels simply did not seize the opportunity when they could have,” Rosenthal said.

Ohtani’s future with the Angels franchise is far from certain, but it’s clear that Artie Moreno would rather take a chance of getting a long-term deal done with Ohtani before or during his free agency, rather than trading him away at this stage of his career.

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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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