In an article on MLB.com, MLB insider Mark Feinsand singled out 10 gamers which have elevated their commerce inventory over the past month, main as much as the August 2 commerce deadline.
Hooked up to every of these 10 gamers have been three potential matches, groups that make sense if stated participant have been to be dealt within the subsequent 11 days.
It is no shock that each outfielder Juan Soto and beginning pitcher Luis Castillo have been linked to the Yankees. Rumors have been swirling about these two All-Stars and the way New York is trying to make a deal.
A 3rd identify additionally appeared, nonetheless, one other generational expertise that the Yankees have tried to convey to the Bronx earlier than…
Feinsand listed New York as a possible match for two-way famous person Shohei Ohtani of the Los Angeles Angels.
Here is his evaluation:
No participant would immediately draw extra consideration on the commerce market than Ohtani, who’s following up his 2021 AL MVP season with one other spectacular 12 months. Previously month, Ohtani has 4 homers, 11 RBIs and an .883 OPS in 21 video games – oh, and he’s additionally gone 4-0 with a 0.34 ERA in 4 begins. Ohtani gained’t be a free agent till the top of 2023, and given the present state of the Angels, this is likely to be the best Ohtani’s worth will ever be.
Might you think about if the Yankees added Ohtani to a workforce with the perfect document in baseball, a entrance runner for the World Collection this 12 months and a membership with stars like Aaron Choose, Gerrit Cole, Giancarlo Stanton and extra?
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As Feinsand talked about, Ohtani is not a free agent till after the 2023 season. That in thoughts, his worth is at an all-time excessive. If Los Angeles have been to commerce him—contemplating the workforce continues to overlook the playoffs and it might take fairly an funding to maintain him round through an extension or contract in free company—they’d get a haul in return, prospects that may revitalize this group over the following few years.
We’re speaking about an ace and top-of-the-line left-handed hitters within the sport, the man that gained the American League Most Beneficial Participant Award in 2021. He could very effectively win that very same award once more this 12 months as effectively.
Earlier than you begin getting your hopes up, do not forget that Ohtani is not getting shopped round to the identical extent as Soto or Castillo, or any participant that is poised to be traded earlier than the deadline. This time of 12 months is loaded with hypothesis and rumors.
That stated, for an insider to say Ohtani and hyperlink him to the Yankees (in addition to the Mets and Padres), it has to depend for one thing.
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