You know things are bleak for the Los Angeles Angels if they listen to Shohei Ohtani’s trade proposals, but that’s the current situation.
Jon Heyman of the New York Post reported Thursday that the Angels listen when teams inquire about Ohtani. However, Heyman warns that a trade for Ohtani is very unlikely to happen.
The idea is that even if the Angels get major trade offers for Ohtani, team owner Arte Moreno might not approve of a deal. Moreno likes having superstars on the roster because they help attract fans.
The Angels have two of MLB’s best players in Ohtani and Mike Trout. But Halos has absolutely cracked this season and is 42-57. Because of their abysmal track record, they are willing to listen to possible trades for anyone.
Trout is out with a back injury and has a no-trade clause. Ohtani is under team control for just one more season before moving into free agency. Since there’s a chance he could leave anyway, the team might be open to hearing trade offers.
Ohtani won the AL MVP award last season after hitting 46 homers and going 9-2 with a 3.18 ERA. Although Ohtani isn’t hitting for the same power this season, he has made up for it by being more dominant on the mound. The two-way star is 9-5 with a 2.80 ERA.