The biggest issue in the major leagues in 2023 is Shohei Ohtani (LA Angels). Because it’s FA season.
The Angels might trade him. It seems clear that he intends to sell for his own price if he judges that he is unlikely to make it to the postseason.
Angels owner Art Moreno said in a recent interview with Sports Illustrated (SI) reporter Tom Verducci, “I’m telling you officially. We won’t trade Ohtani if we’re in postseason competition.” In other words, he can be traded when his postseason chances are slim.
Draft Kings, a sports betting site, suggested the Angels’ fall baseball odds at +155 this year. If you bet $100, you make a profit of $155. The probability is 39.2%, which means that it is not easy.
In the American League West, the Houston Astros and Seattle Mariners are in the second round. The Angels and Texas Rangers are fighting for third place, and the Oakland Athletics are the weakest.
In the end, the outline of the Ohtani trade will be revealed in June or July. As the owner of Moreno said, if there is a possibility of the postseason, you might not know, but if you are struggling in the lower middle of the district, you can open the trade market early.
In this regard, the local media, Bleacher Report, said on the 30th (hereinafter Korean time), “Otani is facing free agency, so the trade competition that briefly raised its head last year will appear in a real situation and will be difficult to avoid.” The Los Angeles Dodgers, San Diego Padres, New York Mets, and New York Yankees, who have been mentioned as interested, will come to mind first.’
The simulation of ‘Baseball Trade Values’ said that in the case of the Mets, it would be a fair deal if they traded catcher Francisco Alvarez and Ohtani 1-1 for the third-ranked MLB pipeline prospect. The Dodgers have to give up right-hander Bobby Miller (온라인바카라24th) and second baseman Michael Bush (54th), and the Yankees have to give up outfielder Jason Dominguez (47th) and shortstop Oswald Peraza (52nd) to get Ohtani. came out
If Ohtani stays with the Angels beyond the trade deadline at the end of July, it should be seen as a situation where he has to do his best for the postseason. Even so, right after the World Series, he goes to the free agent market. A ‘massive payday’ awaits.
Ohtani’s agent, Nezu Valero of CAA Sports, said in a local interview last month, “Ohtani has the right to enjoy the free agent market after playing hard this season. We’ll see what happens.”
Leading media outlets expect at least $500 million for Ohtani’s contract. New York Post reporter John Heyman and ESPN reporter Alden Gonzalez offered $500 million. ESPN reporter Buster Olney said on the 24th, “Ohtani’s potential contract could be over $600 million. No other player in the majors can do what he can do. will,” he predicted.
According to Fangraphs’ statistical analysis system, ‘WAR-Based Value Measurement’, the value reflecting Ohtani’s performance over the past two seasons is $140.2 million. It is a statistical result of an average annual activity of 70 million dollars. That means he has to pay $35 million as a pitcher and $35 million as a hitter.
Bleacher Report said, “Considering that eight players sign contracts for at least that amount ($35 million) a year, this is not an unprecedented amount.” Whether or not it exists is a question that definitely exists, but one of Ohtani’s strengths is its rarity. Even if you sign a contract today, you will definitely break the records set by Aaron Judge (9 years, $360 million) and Mike Trout (12 years, $426.5 million).”
Ohtani will start the opening game against the Oakland Athletics at 11 a.m. on the 31st. Ohtani’s season begins now.