The Los Angeles Angels have failed again this season to build a winning project around Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani, looking like they will miss the playoffs again. After the team refused to trade the Japanese on the final date, the plan seems to be that Anaheim will look to give Ohtani a contract extension. However, everything indicates that the Japanese do not like the idea.
Reports from ESPN’s Buster Olney indicate that the Angels are willing to do anything to keep Ohtani in Anaheim, perhaps offering him a contract similar to or larger than Mike Trout’s with an annual salary of $50 million, but Olney himself mentions that the sentiment in the industry is that Ohtani would reject staying with the Angels long-term.
Executives mentioned to the reporter that they believe that the Japanese would reject any contract offer from the Angels and would become a free agent at the end of the 2023 campaign, which would put the team at a crossroads, since they would have to face the real possibility next year. to seek a trade for the reigning American League MVP and not be left empty-handed.
The possible trade could come in the winter if there are negotiations and Ohtani denies the offers, or if the Angels again fall out of contention for the playoffs before the final trade date.