Teams call via Ohtani, Trout

As the Washington Nationals investigate Juan Soto’s move, teams are wondering if there might be other MVP-caliber players available before the 2022 MLB trade deadline. The Los Angeles Angels have received calls about Shohei Ohtani and Mike Trout, reports The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal.

The Angels are on track to miss the playoffs for the eighth straight year. Los Angeles is 40-55 and fired manager Joe Maddon mid-season. If LA agrees to trade Ohtani and Trout, the organization could receive a massive pool of talented young players and prospects to help rebuild the franchise.

Any chance the Angels will trade Ohtani or Trout?

Barring anything dramatic changes, both superstars will likely remain in Los Angeles for the remainder of the 2022 season. According to Rosenthal, the Angels aren’t planning a rebuild, and owner Arte Moreno reportedly likes having marquee names on his list.

Ohtani is favored to win his second consecutive AL MVP award. The two-way superstar has been doing like a Cy Young contestant, going 9-5 with a 2.80 ERA, a 1.00 WHIP and 134 strikeouts in 93.1 innings. As a hitter, Ohtani has 20 home runs, 57 RBI and an .832 OPS.

Ohtani is only under contract for a season and a half. If the Angels continue to stay out of the playoff picture, Los Angeles could risk losing him to a competitor as a free agent after the 2023 season.

The Angels don’t have the same problem with Trout, who has signed a historic $426 million contract that runs through the 2030 season. Trout can also block any trade should Los Angeles try to move him.

Trout had his first full MLB season in 2012 and was undisputedly the best player in baseball for the first decade of his career. Trout won three AL MVP awards and was runner-up three times. Trout missed most of last year through injury, and it was the first time he didn’t finish as a top five MVP contender.

Trout is 30 and back on the injured list. The outfield player remains one of the most productive players in the league. In 79 games, he’s hit .270/.368/.967 with 24 homers.

The Angels have the ninth-highest payroll in MLB, according to Spotrac.

Mike Trout

Photo: Jamie Squire/Getty Images Teams call via Ohtani, Trout

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