MLB star’s trade to Yankees hits a dead end, what’s next?

The Yankees target, Ohtani is likely to stay at Los Angeles Angels
Amanda Paula
Wednesday June 21, 2023

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The New York Yankees have been seeking an MLB star to rejuvenate their roster. One of the names mentioned was Shohei Ohtani. However, it was announced by the Los Angeles Angels general manager, Perry Minasian, this past Tuesday that they do not intend to trade the powerful pitcher before the trade deadline, as reported by Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com.

“I think anybody who has watched us play or looked where we’re at in the standings, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, we like him and we hope he’s here a long time,” Minasian said. “It’s pretty self-explanatory with where we’re at.”

Shohei Ohtani isn’t going anywhere

The Yankees target Ohtani wearing the Angels colors.

The Angels hold a 41-34 record, placing them in second position in the AL West, trailing the Texas Rangers by five games. Although it wasn’t expected for the Angels to trade the talented Shohei Ohtani this year, it’s worth noting that he will become a free agent after the 2023 season. If Ohtani chooses to sign with another team, the Angels will receive draft pick compensation.

Shohei Ohtani, the 2021 AL MVP and 2022 runner-up to the Yankees’ Aaron Judge, is anticipated to command a substantial contract worth around $500 million in free agency. Last October, the 28-year-old avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $30 million contract for the 2023 season.

This season, Ohtani has showcased his exceptional skills again and is a strong candidate for the MVP award. He boasts an impressive slash line of .295/.379/.623 with a 1.002 OPS, leading MLB in home runs, precisely with 24.

Furthermore, on the pitching front, Ohtani has demonstrated his prowess with a 3.29 ERA across 14 starts, accumulating 105 strikeouts in 82 innings of work.

Other names under the radar

Charlie Morton is one of the Yankees targets
Gary A. Vasquez | USA TODAY Sports

After the disappointment of failing to secure the signing of Shohei Ohtani, the Yankees are turning their attention to other names in Major League Baseball. The trade market presents a range of experienced pitchers ready to be picked up by a discerning general manager in search of immediate results. Players like Kyle Gibson, José Berríos, Max Scherzer, and Charlie Morton offer tempting possibilities. These seasoned veterans bring a wealth of experience and stability to the mound, providing the Yankees with a valuable lifeline.

The Yankees are determined to regain their winning momentum, and with the return of key players like Harrison Bader and the potential comeback of Carlos Rodon, they are poised for a strong resurgence. Hal Steinbrenner, the owner of the Yankees, expressed his belief that it’s time to explore new talent and make strategic investments. In addiction, Shohei Ohtani was regarded as the player who would lead the Yankees’ success in the coming years. However, Ohtani’s decision is still pending, which could potentially bode well for the team’s future.

As the trade deadline approaches, the Yankees will carefully evaluate their options, leaving no stone unturned in their quest to overhaul their rotation. The goal is to salvage the current season and lay the groundwork for future playoff success. By pursuing an experienced leader, the Yankees hope to reignite their championship aspirations and embark on a new era of dominance.

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4 thoughts on “MLB star’s trade to Yankees hits a dead end, what’s next?

  1. I think and know that changes need to be made and I will start by firing Bryan Cashman and Aaron Boone cause let’s face it ,Cashman hasn’t won a world series since 2009,and Boone hasn’t won nothing either since he’s been there ,let’s start fresh from the start and let’s build a team with these young good players instead of paying large contracts to these old injury prone players that can’t stay healthy for s hole season

  2. I personally think that if the Yankees are going to improve they first have to get rid of Boone and cashman. Then they need to get some quality pitching. They need to get rid of gleyber Torres, josh donnelson and dj lemaeu
    and revamp the infield. They need to get an established left handed left fielder. If George steinbrenner could see the state the Yankees are in right now he would be rolling in his grave. It’s time for hal to step up and wake up and start doing what needs to be done. It’s obvious that cashman and Boone need to go and the team needs to be revamped because obviously it’s not working the way it is now.

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