The prevailing view is that Shohei Ohtani of the Los Angeles Angels is highly likely to be traded during this season.
This is because the Angels are likely to fail in the postseason again this year. In the American League West, the Houston Astros, the world series champion, and the Texas Rangers, who greatly strengthened this winter, as well as the Seattle Mariners, who made a sensation last year, are struggling.
This offseason, they acquired outfielder Hunter Renfro, infielders Gio Ursella and Brandon Drury, and starting pitcher Tyler Anderson, but they aren’t big enough to compete with Houston and Seattle. There are not a few experts who evaluate it as a failed offseason.
Even in the power rankings released by ESPN on the 20th (Korean time), the Angels ranked third among the five teams in the AL West. Houston (1st), Seattle (10th), Angels (16th), Texas (17th), Oakland (28th).
In the end, if the Angels are far from postseason potential this summer, they will have no choice but to sell Ohtani ahead of the August 1 trade deadline.
An official familiar with the Angels team told SNY reporter Andy Martino on the 30th, “The Angels will try to keep Ohtani for several months if they can compete for the ranking. “We need to seek the owner’s permission to secure the cost of giving and receiving,” he said. “If the owner allows it, the price will be very high.”
Regarding this, Sports Illustrated (SI) said, “The prospects that can be received through the Ohtani trade are likely to be at a level never seen before.” What you own is valuable enough to give away the entire farm.”
It is expected that the cost of giving up one player will be beyond imagination. The San Diego Padres gave away three minor prospects and three major players to the Washington Nationals in exchange for Juan Soto and Josh Bell in early August of last year. It was evaluated as the most expensive trade of all time. That means it will be more than that for Ohtani.
Few clubs have that level of resources in their farm system. In the end, there is no choice but to be a prestigious club, a club with a well-equipped prospect system, a club with a lot of money, and a club that competes for the top ranks. 스포츠토토
Another media, Bleacher Report, said on the 23rd, “If the Angels put Ohtani on the market and some of the $30 million annual salary remains, all clubs with a lot of money and resources to give will show interest.” The New York Yankees, San Diego Padres, and most of all, the Los Angeles Dodgers cannot be left out.’
Angels owner Art Moreno recently issued a statement announcing plans to sell the club. General Manager Minassian, who said, “There is absolutely no way to trade Ohtani,” seems to be busy now. It is a problem that a trade may be made ahead of the season opening.
What is noteworthy is that the prospect that the Los Angeles Dodgers will be the most active in the battle for Ohtani’s acquisition is gaining momentum, whether through trade or free agency. As such, the likelihood that Ohtani will wear a Dodgers uniform is increasing. .