Shohei Ohtani just might be the best player in baseball. The 29-year-old is one of the best hitters in baseball with a top-10 average of .302 at the plate and leads the league with 32 home runs on the year. On top of that, Ohtani also is the ace pitcher for the Los A
Ohtani has produced unicorn-like numbers since he signed with the Angels back in 2018. Despite the personal success, the squad hasn’t even sniffed the postseason in that time. Ohtani’s 5-year contract expires this winter, and many remain uncertain if Ohtani will resign with the Angels. It seems unlikely based on the fact that Ohtani is projected to sign the largest contract in MLB history, and the Angels already hold one $30 million contract in Mike Trout. No salary cap in the MLB, so anything is possible, but the expectation is that he will move on.
This opens up the market for a potential trade partner this season to ship Ohtani off to a contending team. If the Angels come to a verdict with Ohtani that he isn’t going to resign, they will most likely try to trade him this season to get something back in return. There aren’t enough picks in the world to equal Ohtani’s production, but something is better than nothing and the Angels could still get a haul from the right team.
The Tampa Bay Rays may fight as a potential suitor. An AL-best 58 wins this season, led by a young and talented roster and the club has a top-10 farm system in the league. Could be something to take a look at, but Zac Blobner from 95.3 WDAE (Tampa) joined Brandon on today’s show, and made a case why Ohtani to Tampa is not the move. Check out the full segment below. Ohtani segment begins at 11:52, prior Brandon and Zac discuss Randy Arozarena coming in second in the Home Run Derby and his role on the team.