Shohei Ohtani Rumors: The best trade package from every NL East team

Shohei Ohtani, Los Angeles Angels. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
Shohei Ohtani, Los Angeles Angels. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) /
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Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Shohei Ohtani. (Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports) /

A Shohei Ohtani trade seems unlikely at the MLB trade deadline, but let’s pretend. What’s the best trade offer every NL East team could offer?

Shohei Ohtani seems reluctant to play on the east coast, instead preferring to sign with a low-key team out west. The San Francisco Giants, Seattle Mariners and San Diego Padres fit that mold. The Los Angeles Dodgers are the presumed favorites, as they have the financial capital and winning mentality.

For this exercise, however, let’s pretend Ohtani were interested in a trade to the NL East. What would those offers look like, and who would win out?

Any trade for Ohtani isn’t so simple. His value is immense, but he’s only a rental. General manager must balance his worth with the likelihood that his departure is imminent, or at the very least the front office will have to shell out a record contract to keep him around this offseason. Ohtani’s value is likely comparable to that of Max Scherzer and Trea Turner. The duo was traded to the Dodgers in 2021 in exchange for two top-50 prospects, and another top-15 arm in the LA system.

Shohei Ohtani rumors: A Miami Marlins trade package

The Marlins are not trading for Shohei Ohtani, I will start there. However, if they were, it would benefit them to trade Meyer, their top prospect ranked 50th overall by MLB Pipeline. De La Cruz is a 26-year-old outfielder who is hitting the ball quite well this season with moderate power. Dax Fulton is a top-100 prospect in the making, and projects to be a mid-rotation starting pitcher at best.