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The Los Angeles Angels is not going to commerce two-way celebrity Shohei Ohtani this offseason, GM Perry Minasian advised reporters Monday evening (by way of The Athletic). Ohtani signed a one-year, $30 million contract lately that covers his ultimate 12 months of arbitration-eligibility. The 2021 AL MVP is ready to grow to be a free agent after subsequent season.

“I’ve to say that August and September particularly felt longer to me than final 12 months,” Ohtani stated final month. “We weren’t in a position to play as many good video games as we want — together with 14 consecutive losses. So I’ve a somewhat destructive impression of this season.”

The Angels went 73-89 this previous season and missed the postseason, and that is even after beginning 27-17. They went 46-72 of their ultimate 118 video games, a .390 successful share that was the fourth worst in baseball throughout that point. Regardless of having Ohtani and Mike Trout, the Angels haven’t been to the postseason since 2014. It’s the longest postseason drought in baseball.

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Proprietor Arte Moreno put the Angels up on the market earlier this 12 months and Ohtani makes the franchise extra enticing. Along with being a fantastic participant, he’s a premier draw and one of many sport’s most marketable gamers. It makes enterprise and baseball sense to hold onto Ohtani and let the following proprietor determine whether or not to commerce him, or try to signal him to a long-term deal. 

Ohtani has made it no secret he desires to win, and seeing how the Angels haven’t performed a since postseason recreation since he came visiting to MLB in 2018, it isn’t laborious to suppose he’ll signal elsewhere as a free agent subsequent offseason. The Angels can all the time open 2023 with Ohtani, see how issues go, then determine whether or not to commerce him on the deadline.

At the very least in response to WAR, the 28-year-old Ohtani was higher in 2022 (9.6 WAR) than he was in 2021 (9.0 WAR), when he gained AL MVP honors. He didn’t hit as effectively, although he was a lot better on the mound. Ohtani threw 166 innings with a 2.38 ERA and 219 strikeouts in 2022. He additionally hit .273/.356/.519 with 34 house runs.

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