The biggest story in Major League Baseball (MLB) in July is the departure of superstar Shohei Ohtani. The trade deadline (Aug. 2) is upon us, and local media is already speculating.카지노사이트
Ohtani’s current team, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, is out of the postseason again this season after losing star slugger Mike Trout to injury. Ohtani has made it clear for years that he wants to play for a team that can win.
Even if Ohtani stays, it’s unlikely he’ll stick with the Angels when he becomes a free agent. There is already speculation that Ohtani will command an all-time high in both total and average salary. When he hits the market, big-market teams will join the bidding war. It would be prudent for the Angels to trade Ohtani to a team that is trying to win a championship this season and collect a package of top prospects.
One outlet predicted that the Angels would not use Ohtani as a trade chip, even for marketing purposes, while another said that “business logic will eventually prevail.
MLB.com had an interesting take on the situation on Aug. 18. The Angels will not trade Ohtani to the Los Angeles Dodgers, who have long been in the running for him.
MLB.com’s Jon Heyman wrote, “Even if Ohtani is signed at the trade deadline, he likely won’t stay in California. Angels owner Arte Moreno is reluctant to send him to an in-state rival.” The Dodgers, San Diego Padres, and San Francisco Giants play in California. “There’s a 25 percent chance the Angels will trade Ohtani,” John Heyman added.
The Dodgers have already shown interest in Ohtani. San Francisco is also a potential buyer after failing to acquire Aaron Judge from Stovrig last winter. San Diego has made a splash every season.
Earlier today (Nov. 18), MLB.com reported that the Baltimore Orioles, second in the American League East, could be in the running for Ohtani. The Orioles have eight players ranked in the top 100 prospect rankings.
Ohtani hit his 34th home run of the season in Game 17, putting him on a faster pace of home run production than Jersey, who led the league with 62 home runs last season. He’s hot on and off the field.