Los Angeles Angels executives listened to offers for Shohei Ohtani leading up to the trade deadline, but owner Arte Moreno ultimately decided to keep the reigning AL MVP. His reasoning behind this decision will not surprise you.
Ohtani is one of the biggest stars in baseball. While the Angels could get a huge return for him, Jon Heyman of the New York Post reports that Moreno told members of his team’s front office that trading Ohtani was not an option with Mike Trout and Anthony Rendon on the shelf.
Trout has not played since July 12 with a back injury. Rendon is out for the season after undergoing wrist surgery. Even though the Angels entered Friday with a 44-61 record and a terrible season, Moreno clearly can’t stomach the idea of not having star players on the field.
Most people agree that the Angels need to rebuild. Besides being injured, Trout has a full no-trade clause. Rendon is out for the year and hasn’t been able to stay healthy since signing with LA in 2020. Trading Ohtani was the Angels’ best chance to start over and acquire significant assets, but Moreno didn’t want to risk selling more few tickets in short term.
Ohtani is signed through 2023, so the Angels can still trade him this offseason. He sounds like him may feel comfortable with the idea.