MLB Rumors: Padres, Yankees Made 'Serious Offers' For Shohei Ohtani

Shohei Ohtani
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Just when everybody had their sights on Juan Soto, the MLB world was shaken to its very core when the rumors broke of Shohei Ohtani.

Apparently, the Los Angeles Angels were considering moving on from their best player, as they're still far behind in terms of contention, and he could leave the team as a free agent. Needless to say, everybody wanted a piece of the reigning AL MCP.

Multiple Teams Reached Out

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Unsurprisingly, the New York Yankees and San Diego Padres picked up the phone to try and land the two-way superstar, according to Jon Heyman. And while he eventually stood pat in Anaheim, that interest could reignite in the offseason:

"The Yankees are among a few teams that made serious offers for two-way superstar Shohei Ohtani, but there is now no chance the Angels will part with the amazing two-way player," Heyman reported. "The Padres and White Sox are among other teams known to have tried for Ohtani in recent days, with the Angels originally signaling they are willing to listen to offers on the once-in-a-century phenom. Several teams inquired, but the interested sides have moved on with the understanding the Angels are deciding to keep their all-time versatile megastar."

Angels Didn't Want To Trade Him

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Despite all the rumors, a later report stated that the Angels were never serious about listening to offers for Ohtani, even despite the possibility of him walking away as a free agent:

"Angels owner Arte Moreno is unwilling to let Ohtani leave, especially with the team’s two other stars – Mike Trout and Anthony Rendon – out with injuries," Heyman added. "Ohtani has another year to go before he can become a free agent."

Ohtani Is An Angel... For Now

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When asked about the rumors, the Japanese phenom didn't seem to be bothered by the prospect of playing for a different organization:

"Regardless of where I'm playing, I want to give it my all, try to win the ballgame that's right in front of me," Ohtani said before the deadline. "I'm with the Angels right now. And I'm very thankful for what they've done. I really love the team. I love my teammates. Right now, I'm an Angel, and that's all I can really focus on at this point."

He Could Fetch A Historical Return

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Ohtani is the most sensational player on the planet and as such, he'll draw a lot of attention in the off-season. Arte Moreno and the Angels may not want to trade him, but they'll have no choice but to at least listen to some offers.

Needless to say, getting him to leave the Angels will take a historically big return, but no player or asset should be off the table when you have the chance to land a once-in-a-lifetime kind of talent.