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Shohei Ohtani’s Angels future is getting bleak

The hourglass on Shohei Ohtani’s time with the Angels appears to be dwindling.

Ohtani has an electrifying mixture of hitting and pitching capability, the likes of which we haven’t seen since Babe Ruth. That is going to make him very costly on his subsequent deal — he’s slated to turn out to be a free agent after subsequent season — and the whispers round baseball are that the Angels usually are not going to be inclined to foot the invoice.

“After this season, as a result of Ohtani is eligible without spending a dime company after 2023, the Angels are going to method him a couple of contract extension that in all probability will begin with an annual salary of $50 million,” MLB insider Buster Olney said on ESPN’s “Get Up” Friday morning.

“However I’ve bought to inform you, talking with executives of different groups, they consider Ohtani won’t signal with the Angels. They consider he’s going to get to free company. So this winter would be the first time when the Angels must severely contemplate buying and selling Ohtani. I believe in the event that they wrestle subsequent yr, it both occurs mid-summer in the event that they don’t commerce him this winter. Someway, I don’t suppose Ohtani goes to get by 2023 with the Angels.”

Shohei Ohtani, the 2021 AL MVP, is ready to be a free agent after subsequent season.
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Angels starting pitcher Shohei Ohtani follows through on a pitch to an Oakland Athletics batter during the third inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2022, in Anaheim, Calif.
Shohei Ohtani is 9-7 with a 2.83 ERA, 1.04 WHIP and 152 strikeouts in 18 begins this season.
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Earlier this week, after Ohtani was not dealt on the commerce deadline, a number of baseball executives questioned the logic of the Angels hanging onto him.

“In fourteen months, he’s out the door,” one rival exec advised The Publish’s MLB insider Jon Heyman. “And as soon as he’s out the door, he’s by no means coming again.” 

Ohtani, the logic went, may have returned a monster package deal consistent with what the Nationals bought in return for Juan Soto. Now, the Angels carry some harm danger, plus the worth is decrease as a result of a workforce that was in championship competition this yr may’ve paid large for the additional postseason of his skills.

The 28-year-old Ohtani, who gained the 2021 AL MVP, is batting .258 with 24 house runs and a .859 OPS. Pitching smart, he’s 9-7 with a 2.83 ERA.

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