MLB Rumors: What are the chances Arizona trades for Shohei Ohtani?
The Orioles/Ohtani link makes a ton of sense, especially considering their deep farm system and payroll flexibility. That will be a match that will surely be discussed in the offseason, too. But the Arizona/Ohtani link was new and caught me off guard, so I asked a couple sources what the likelihood of a potential Ohtani-to-Arizona blockbuster was.
It quickly became clear that Ohtani is not going to end up in Arizona.
The basis of the Angels’ and Diamondbacks’ conversations sounded more like checking in and seeing what each team was looking to do at the trade deadline, not a precursor to a potential Ohtani trade. It’s time to move on. This has zero shot of happening right now.
It would also appear increasingly unlikely that Ohtani will be traded, as the Angels have remained in the wild card hunt. Team owner Arte Moreno has also shown zero willingness to move Ohtani and the team has not discussed Ohtani, or any of their other major-league players, seriously with other teams.
Grading the fit: 0/10.