MLB Rumors: 3 Shohei Ohtani trade fits and what each team can offer the Angels

Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Shohei Ohtani. (Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports)
Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Shohei Ohtani. (Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports) /
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Shohei Ohtani #17 of the Los Angeles Angels looks on during Gatorade All-Star Workout Day at T-Mobile Park on July 10, 2023 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images) /

2. San Francisco Giants

The Giants went big-game hunting in the offseason, going all-out to sign one of Aaron Judge or Carlos Correa. While they agreed to a $350 million deal with Correa, he failed his physical, and the deal was ultimately never completed.

Which is why the Giants are being connected, both in the national and local media, to Ohtani. He would give them the superstar that they have desperately sought. He would be their best player since Barry Bonds and finally give the team the foundational piece to build around.

The Giants also have the young players — Kyle Harrison, Marco Luciano, Joey Bart, Luis Matos, among others — that would entice the Angels. But it’s not in Farhan Zaidi’s playbook to part with a significant portion of the farm system for a rental player, not even one of Ohtani’s caliber.

While the Giants are unlikely to pursue an Ohtani trade, they will surely be one of many teams to pursue him in the offseason. As evidenced by their pursuits of Judge and Correa, they have plenty of money available, and have been mindful to keep the payroll open in future seasons.

Grading the fit: 7/10