Angels GM Says That Shohei Ohtani Will Not Be Traded This Offseason

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Angels GM Says That Shohei Ohtani Will Not Be Traded This Offseason

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Clearly Los Angeles Angels GM Perry Minasian saw all the chatter about Shohei Ohtani today and wanted to make a clear statement. (Or, you know, the GM Meetings started and he was asked about it, because it’s the start of the offseason and EVERYONE knows that Ohtani is going to be a big topic. Whatever.)

According to Minasian tonight, Ohtani is flat out not going to be traded this offseason:

Like I’ve said before, with a team sale pending, it’s gotta be so hard to actually get clearance to make a trade like that. It’s possible that Minasian knows he simply won’t ever get that clearance, so he wants to get ahead of this topic this offseason so that other teams aren’t trying waste his time.

Then again, it’s not like it would be the first time we’ve heard an executive make a declaration like this … only to later explore trade options. It’s easy enough to say the circumstances have changed, or they bowled us over, etc., etc. There’s no real logic in saying you’re going to trade Ohtani right now.

Heck, for all we know, that’s the point: maybe the Angels do not intend to trade Ohtani, but if they are going to consider it, they want teams to know the offers have to be BONKERS.

If this is true, though, then it might wind up better for the Cubs in the long run. As we discussed earlier today, it’s possible that if Ohtani were traded, the Cubs simply couldn’t put together the best offer out there, in terms of impact prospects. And if Ohtani got traded to some team for a massive haul of impact prospects, you better believe that team is going to do everything possible to extend Ohtani immediately. A trade probably doesn’t happen without a good sense than an extension can come together.

So if a trade DOESN’T happen, then maybe there’s a chance Ohtani actually hits free agency next year, and maybe there’s a teeny, tiny chance that the Cubs can land him. They were in the mix when he was first coming over from Japan, but the money this time is going to be orders of magnitude larger. Would the Cubs commit half a billion to a player? Outbid the Dodgers or Yankees or Mets? I’m dubious. And now I’m sad.

Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.