Yankees ‘will be factors’ if Angels decide to trade Shohei Ohtani in offseason, MLB insider says

Yankees ‘will be factors’ if Angels decide to trade Shohei Ohtani in offseason, MLB insider says

Shohei Ohtani may be going on the market.

Not until the offseason, of course, because the Los Angeles Angels were unwilling to part with their ace ahead of the trade deadline.

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However, they might hear some offers come the time, and the New York Yankees could be in the mix. That’s because they have some valuable trade chips.

From the New York Post’s Joel Sherman:

By keeping Volpe, Peraza, Jasson Dominguez, Austin Wells and Trey Sweeney, the Yankees will be factors if the Angels dangle Shohei Ohtani or the A’s decide to move catcher Sean Murphy (yep, we can start thinking who will be available in that trade market now).

The 28-year-old Ohtani is hitting .258 this season with 24 home runs and 64 RBI. On the mound, he’s 9-7 with a 2.83 ERA in 18 starts.

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According to Spotrac, Ohtani has one more year of arbitration eligibility remaining and can be a free agent after the 2023 season.

This year, the Angeles were uninterested in trading Ohtani, despite offers made by the Yankees.

Per a tweet from the New York Post’s Jon Heyman:

Breaking: Angels have decided to keep Shohei Ohtani. Yankees among teams to make an offer, but Ohtani will stay

Heyman wrote:

The Yankees are among a few teams that made serious offers for two-way superstar Shohei Ohtani, but there is now no chance the Angels will part with the amazing two-way player.

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