What more can be said about the duo of Los Angeles Angels stars Shohei Ohtani and Mike Trout? They’re two of the best players in baseball. Combined, they have five MVP awards, two Rookie of the Year awards, 14 All-Star appearances and 11 Silver Sluggers.
The only thing missing from their impressive careers? Notable postseason moments. Ohtani has yet to experience a playoff game. Trout hasn’t played in the playoffs since 2014, where he went just 1 for 12 in the ALDS against the Kansas City Royals.
A half hour or so up the state, the Los Angeles Dodgers are perennial playoff participants. This MLB offseason, they’ve longed been speculated as a landing spot of Ohtani. According to MLB insider Héctor Goméz, the Dodgers could look to reunite Ohtani with Trout in sunny Los Angeles.
It would be a franchise-altering decision for both organizations, though it’s tough to envision happening. Ohtani could be looking at a deal in excess for $500 million. Trout, meanwhile, has nearly $260 million left on his contract over the next six season.
The Angels have shown no inclination to part with Trout. Plus, would Angels owner Arte Moreno allow for his two superstars to chase World Series rings with their cross-league rival? I don’t see it.
Still, it makes for an interesting story to follow as the MLB offseason marches on. Where will Ohtani land? Will the Angels shock baseball and move Trout? Everything becomes even more unpredictable this time of year.
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