Shohei Ohtani thought best time for Angels to commerce him was final season

If there was ever a great second to commerce Shohei Ohtani, the two-way star stated he thought it was at this yr’s deadline.

“Even if I were the GM or owner, I judged the timing to trade me for the greatest return was this year,” the two-way star stated in an interview just lately printed within the Japanese sports activities journal Quantity. “If you take a long-term view of the team, I think there were many options to trade me.

“In America, the image of trades is 180 degrees different; it’s more of business-like, so I tried to not think about it,” he added after being requested how he felt about being in midseason commerce rumors.

Ohtani was not traded on the August deadline.

Requested how he would really feel if he needed to modify to a brand new group after spending a number of years with the Angels, Ohtani stated: “If I was traded, I was traded and I just had to do my best there. It’s not as if the team didn’t need me or didn’t like me. If anything, it showed they thought I had value.”

The Angels did make strikes on the deadline, sending beginning pitcher Noah Syndergaard and left fielder Brandon Marsh to the Philadelphia Phillies in change for outfielder Mickey Moniak, high catching prospect Logan O’Hoppe and outfield prospect Jadiel Sanchez.

The Angels additionally traded their nearer, Raisel Iglesias, to the Atlanta Braves for veteran reliever Jesse Chavez and younger reliever Tucker Davidson.

Ohtani — the 2021 American League MVP who was named an MVP finalist for 2022 on Monday — signed a one-year, $30-million deal earlier than the top of the 2022 season to keep away from arbitration. He can change into a free agent after the season.

“I have feelings of wanting to win with the Angels,” Ohtani stated. “I signed a contract next year with the Angels and right now, I can’t see beyond my Angels future.”

The Angels haven’t completed above .500 in any of the 5 seasons Ohtani has performed for them.

Requested concerning the rhetoric that he must be traded to a group that may win after all of the shedding the Angels have endured, he stated: “You don’t know what kind of team will win. There are many ways to win. … There isn’t one right way. But the teams to which I could go are being whittled down. Next year, I will receive $30 million and I think there are a limited number of teams that can invest that much money in one player.

“The teams to which a player with a high salary can go will always be limited, and in many instances, the player will have to go to a team to which the luxury tax doesn’t matter.”

Angels’ Shohei Ohtani pitches in opposition to the Oakland Athletics on Oct. 5 in Oakland.

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Ohtani’s identify has floated across the rumor mill early this offseason.

These rumors had been put to mattress on Monday, when Angels normal supervisor Perry Minasian stated he wouldn’t be traded in any respect this offseason.

“Because he’s obviously such a good player, we’re not moving him. Ohtani is not getting moved,” Minasian stated at GM conferences on the Conrad Lodge. “He’ll be here to start the season. I know there’s been rumors and all types of things, but he will be part of the club. We love the player and I think the goal is for him to be here for a long time.”

Angels proprietor Arte Moreno introduced on the finish of the season that he employed a agency to begin exploring the sale of the group. That course of, Minasian reiterated Monday, has not affected his skill to proceed to do his job. He stated he “would not rule anything out” so far as figuring out an extension with Ohtani or any participant.

Requested whether or not it’s his determination to not transfer Ohtani, Minasian stated: “At the end of the day it’s ownership’s call. But I make the recommendations and I think everybody’s on the same page. Easy player not to move.”

So far as constructing a successful group, Minasian stated he believed the Angels weren’t far off, however that they weren’t only one participant away.

“We have a lot of holes to fill,” Minasian stated. “Raising the floor to a certain extent, and not raising the floor with minor league talent but raising the floor with major league talent is really, really important.”

Ohtani has additionally been vital, extra so towards the top of the yr, of the best way the Angels performed this season, which Minasian stated he was not shocked by.

“I wouldn’t expect him to be happy about the season,” Minasian stated. “The guy is a winner in everything he does. … For him, there’s a respect level for this organization and there’s a respect level for him and what he does on a daily basis.”