Report: Dodgers 'have tried to engage' Angels regarding Shohei Ohtani
The Angels would likely be reluctant to trade Ohtani to their intracity rival. Even if a trade is unlikely, it’s extremely notable that the Dodgers have interest in trading for Ohtani. They were one of the finalists to sign Ohtani when he entered MLB as a free agent from Japan.The Dodgers have a rich history of Japanese players starring for their franchise. From Hideo Nomo to Kenta Maeda, Kaz Ishii, Takashi Saito and Hiroki Kuroda, the Dodgers have had a strong pipeline of Japanese pitchers play for them. Ohtani would be a natural fit with the team.Plus, Ohtani has said that winning is his priority.
Los Angeles Angels two-way phenom Shohei Ohtani notched a few historical feats on Tuesday in a 5-1 victory against the Oakland Athletics (box score).
For one, Ohtani became the first American League pitcher to hit a home run and throw six scoreless innings in the same contest since Dave McNally did it with the Baltimore Orioles in 1972. McNally's game, coincidentally, also occurred on Aug. 9, or 50 years to the day, according to ESPN Stats and Info.
It should be noted that McNally's game occurred before the implementation of the designated hitter. That would take place in 1973, the following season. Ohtani, meanwhile, served as both the Angels' starting pitcher and their designated hitter on Tuesday night, giving his performance a distinction.
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Ohtani is unlikely to be moved by Tuesday's trade deadline, but his name should come up in rumors this winterAsk any honest front-office person and they'll concede that every desirable player gets discussed in this manner at some point or another, including the golden goose types who aren't on the block. It's how the industry works, and it's how teams gather information on a given player's trade value and their potential list of suitors.
Ohtani finished his night with six shutout frames. He surrendered four hits and three walks while punching out five batters on 91 pitches. Ohtani was struck by a comebacker in the third inning, and he limped off the field afterward. He showed no ill effects, however, and continued on without duress.
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Ohtani notched a pair of hits at the plate, including his 25th home run of the season. That home run was the 118th of his career, moving him past Ichiro Suzuki for the second-most in Major League Baseball by a Japanese-born player. Only Hideki Matsui, who homered 175 times in the majors, has more.
As Sarah Langs of MLB.com noted, Ohtani now has two seasons in which he's homered 25-plus times and struck out 150-plus batters. Those are the only two such seasons in league history.
Ohtani entered Tuesday having hit .253/.344/.492 (134 OPS+) in 456 plate appearances. On the mound, he had accumulated a 2.83 ERA (142 ERA+) and a 6.33 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 18 starts and 105 innings.