The latest baseball news now focuses on high profile trades and free agency. As Major League Baseball’s August 1 trade deadline approaches, the Los Angeles Angels face a crucial decision regarding their two-way star and upcoming free agent, Shohei Ohtani. The team is yet to finalize their stance, and a definitive move is unlikely until closer to the deadline. Presently, the Angels seem inclined to retain Ohtani, fueled by an active four-game winning streak that places them within four games of securing the American League’s final wild card spot.
In response to the ongoing trade rumors, Ohtani shared with reporters on Friday that he is doing his best to block out the speculation and is fully focused on aiding his team’s playoff push. As of now, the talented player has not had any discussions with Angels General Manager Perry Minasian concerning his future with the team. No discussion on the MLB trade deadline or the long-term perspective.
Shohei Ohtani Still Uncertain on Next Season
When asked about his plans beyond the 2023 season, Ohtani stated that he has not had a formal discussion with the team about it before. Such a response is not uncommon among players, as contractual matters are often left for the off-season or handled by their agents. Many players prefer to avoid distractions during the season. This ensures that their focus remains on their performance without being burdened by contract negotiations. Of course, this does not spare them from speculation from those in the bookie pay per head industry.
At 29 years old, Ohtani’s impressive statistics speak for themselves. As of Saturday, he boasts a remarkable .305/.400/.676 (188 OPS+) batting line with 35 home runs and 76 RBI. Additionally, he has achieved a 3.71 ERA (120 ERA+) and an impressive 3.15 strikeout-to-walk ratio over 19 starts as a pitcher.