SportsReport: Angels listening to offers for Ohtani

Report: Angels listening to offers for Ohtani

Shohei Ohtani might not be untouchable.

The Los Angeles Angels are listening to offers for the reigning American League MVP, Jon Heyman and Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports. Though a blockbuster trade still appears unlikely to happen before Tuesday’s deadline, the Angels are fielding offers on all of their players and aren’t outright saying no to teams calling about Ohtani, according to Heyman and Sherman.

While Ohtani’s continued to dominate the majors with his unparalleled two-way success, the Angels haven’t been able to take advantage of his brilliance. Los Angeles, heading toward missing the playoffs for an eighth straight season, currently sits fourth in the AL West. The team’s promising start was upended by a 14-game losing streak in May that cost manager Joe Maddon his job, and their other superstar, Mike Trout, is out indefinitely with a back issue.

Ohtani is continuing to produce through all the chaos. As a designated hitter he sports a .256/.350/.489 slash line with 21 homers, 59 RBIs, and 11 stolen bases across 96 games. On the mound, he’s been even more dominant, coming into Friday’s start with a 2.80 ERA, 2.42 FIP, 1.00 WHIP, and 134 strikeouts across his first 93 1/3 innings.

The 28-year-old is earning just $5.5 million this season but has only one year of arbitration remaining before free agency.

Other Angels who could potentially be traded before the deadline include relievers Ryan Tepera and Aaron Loup, plus former All-Star starter Noah Syndergaard.

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