Trade between Ohtani and Dodgers unlikely as Angels consider move

Report: Ohtani trade to Dodgers unlikely as Angels move ponders originally appeared on NBC Sports Bay Area

Two-way Los Angeles Angels star Shohei Ohtani remains the biggest potential trade chip entering MLB’s Aug. 1 deadline.

An impending unrestricted free agent this winter, Ohtani will likely play in a new uniform next season. But that could happen sooner as the Angels (46-48) are currently six games away from a wildcard spot and could move the superstar.

If he is traded, one of the Giants rivals would not buy him at the deadline.

“I would say it would be closer to 25% that it could be traded Angels. Would they trade him for the Dodgers? No,” MLB insider Jon Heyman, citing sources, reported Monday on the Bleacher Report app.

“I spoke with someone from the Dodgers. They realized he wasn’t traded to the Dodgers. Even if you think he could sign long-term with the Dodgers, [Angels owner] Arte Moreno is not going to do that. He might eventually trade him, but I don’t see him being traded to the Dodgers.

The Angels recently told other teams they would listen to Ohtani’s offers. MLB Network’s Jon Morosi reported last week, citing sources, that Los Angeles expects several top-100 prospects to even start entering into trade talks around Ohtani.

The Giants have four prospects in the top 100 by MLB Pipeline – left-handed pitcher Kyle Harrison (#11 overall), shortstop Marco Luciano (#15), outfielder Luis Matos (#68) and left-hander Carson Whisenhunt (#11). 95). Baseball America’s Top 100 list includes those same four Giants prospects in a different order — Harrison (#20), Matos (#26), Luciano (#63) and Whisenhunt (#92).

It looks like an Ohtani trade would cost at least two of those coveted prospects in San Francisco.

The good news for Giants fans? Even if the team doesn’t trade for a rental of Ohtani, San Francisco is still in the hunt to land the two-way freak in free agency. But Heyman believes the Giants will face some division rivals for his services.

“Long term, I believe the Dodgers have a great chance [to land Ohtani], like a lot of teams on the west coast — San Francisco, San Diego,” Heyman said. “They’ll all be in there to kick off [him to sign]. It will be interesting in free agency.

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