Shohei Ohtani’s agent says he is centered on 2023 season with Angels

Shohei Ohtani and his agent, Nez Balelo, are centered on 2023. Something past subsequent season with the Angels continues to be simply wait and see.

“We haven’t really given that a lot of thought because we are just focused on the one year, which we accomplished and that’s what we did,” Balelo of CAA mentioned after being requested in the course of the common supervisor conferences Tuesday whether or not they can be open to having extension discussions throughout spring coaching or in the course of the season. “So to be honest with you, that’s our main focus.

“Now that we have that over and behind us, we’re comfortable with the one-year deal and we’re just going to kind of focus on that right now.”

Balelo declined to elaborate whether or not extension discussions have occurred.

Requested about feedback Ohtani made in an article just lately revealed in Numbers, a Japanese sports activities journal, that not each workforce can afford a profitable wage for one participant, Balelo mentioned: “In general, I think it’s whatever he decides to do at the end of the year. I think it’s going to be an exciting time. Not knowing exactly what you’re referencing on the Numbers’ article and what teams can afford him, what teams can’t. I think all 30 teams in their own way want to compete. … So I wouldn’t rule out anybody whether they can afford a salary or not.

“But look, that’s ways down the road. We don’t know. We can think about free agency, we can not think about free agency, but we know this: That he’s going to be an Angel in ’23. We’re going to play it out. We’re going to enjoy it. And take one year at a time. And that’s always been our philosophy.”

Ohtani signed a one-year deal price $30 million earlier than the top of the 2022 season.

Balelo mentioned that it was a mutual determination with the Angels to get that deal carried out, which allowed Ohtani to keep away from arbitration — one thing different gamers within the Angels clubhouse mentioned would have been fascinating to see play out if Ohtani went into arbitration. Balelo mentioned it could have been unprecedented if Ohtani reached arbitration.

There have been rumors early this offseason that though he signed that deal, Ohtani nonetheless may very well be dealt. Angels common supervisor Perry Minasian mentioned Monday that Ohtani wouldn’t be traded and would begin the season with the Angels.

Angels’ Shohei Ohtani pitches in opposition to the Oakland Athletics in the course of the second inning in Oakland on Oct. 5.

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He doubled down on that Tuesday, stating that Ohtani is an Angel; that “we want him to wear this uniform for a long time”; and once more that “we don’t like, we love the player.”

Ohtani might be eligible to turn into a free agent after the 2023 season until he indicators an extension with the Angels. The Angels additionally might signal him in free company.

The Angels are going through a number of questions after one other dropping season and a possible change in possession. Chief amongst them has been Ohtani’s future past 2023.

“I guess we’ll just have to wait to see who the new ownership group is,” Balelo mentioned. “It’s been very quiet so we don’t know what’s going on. But it’s not our business. It’s Arte [Moreno] and his wife and the rest of the organization’s business. Not ours.”

So far as Ohtani’s offseason, he flew again to Japan on the finish of October. He nonetheless has not decided whether or not he’ll play for his residence nation within the World Baseball Basic, although the Angels have given him their blessing.

Minasian on Trout

Mike Trout has dedicated most, if unlikely all, of his profession to the Angels — after signing a 12-year extension in 2019. But, the three-time American League most respected participant has performed in only one postseason and that was in 2014.

Requested whether or not Minasian thinks he must persuade Trout of the workforce’s route, the GM mentioned: “I know there’s a narrative: Shohei and Trout to the playoffs, but it’s an organization. It’s everybody. We want to be competitive, we want to make the playoffs. We want to play postseason games. I want our players to experience that in our stadium.”

Trout endorsed the GM on the finish of this previous season, saying he trusts Minasian and the entrance workplace to construct a successful workforce.