Angels listening to offers for Ohtani

Posted: 29/07/2022 in MLB
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Shohei Ohtani might not be untouchable.

The Los Angeles Angels are listening to offers for the reigning American League MVP, Jon Heyman and Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports. Though a blockbuster trade still appears unlikely to happen before Tuesday’s deadline, the Angels are fielding offers on all of their players and aren’t outright saying no to teams calling about Ohtani, according to Heyman and Sherman.

While Ohtani’s continued to dominate the majors with his unparalleled two-way success, the Angels haven’t been able to take advantage of his brilliance. Los Angeles, heading toward missing the playoffs for an eighth straight season, currently sits fourth in the AL West. The team’s promising start was upended by a 14-game losing streak in May that cost manager Joe Maddon his job, and their other superstar, Mike Trout, is out indefinitely with a back issue.

Ohtani is continuing to produce through all the chaos. As a designated hitter he sports a .256/.350/.489 slash line with 21 homers, 59 RBIs, and 11 stolen bases across 96 games. On the mound, he’s been even more dominant, coming into Friday’s start with a 2.80 ERA, 2.42 FIP, 1.00 WHIP, and 134 strikeouts across his first 93 1/3 innings.

Ohtani was at it again Thursday, striking out 11 Rangers for his sixth double-digit strikeout start this year, one shy of the Angels’ single-season record. Despite his brilliance, the Halos lost to Texas 2-0.

The 28-year-old, who has only one year of arbitration remaining before free agency, addressed the rumors following his start.

“Regardless of where I’m playing, I want to give it my all, try to win the ballgame that’s right in front of me,” Ohtani said, according to Sam Blum of The Athletic. “I’m with the Angels right now. And I’m very thankful for what they’ve done. I really love the team. I love my teammates. Right now I’m an Angel, and that’s all I can really focus on right now.”

Other Angels who could potentially be traded before the deadline include relievers Ryan Tepera and Aaron Loup, plus former All-Star starter Noah Syndergaard.

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