Shohei Ohtani Rumors: Angels Don't Intend to Trade Star After 1-Year, $30M Contract

Tyler Conway@@jtylerconwayFeatured Columnist IVOctober 9, 2022

OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - OCTOBER 05: Shohei Ohtani #17 of the Los Angeles Angels pitches against the Oakland Athletics in the bottom of the first inning at RingCentral Coliseum on October 05, 2022 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
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The Los Angeles Angels franchise is facing a sea of uncertainty as owner Arte Moreno explores a sale, but Shohei Ohtani is there to stay.

Bob Nightengale of USA Today reported the Angels have no plan on exploring a trade for their two-way star after reaching an agreement on a one-year, $30 million contract for 2023 to avoid arbitration.

This should come as no surprise, given it makes zero sense for the Angels to trade Ohtani from any perspective. The 28-year-old doubles as one of the sport's premier power hitters and is one of the best pitchers in baseball, a once-in-a-century type of dynamic talent.

From a baseball perspective, you keep Ohtani on the roster and pay him 100 times out of 100.

From a business perspective, having Ohtani under contract will almost certainly increase the sale price for Moreno. Ohtani is one of the most marketable players in the sport, giving the Angels franchise a significant boost in popularity in his native Japan. He currently ranks ninth among baseball's best-selling jerseys on MLB.com.

The sound business call is to keep Ohtani under contract and allow the new ownership group to make a long-term decision.

The Angels have made the playoffs just once since 2009, so having Ohtani and Mike Trout under contract is the most valuable aspect of the franchise.