MLB Buzz: Angels May Trade Trout If He Requests Exit

Shifting dynamics unsettle the Angels' iconic duo

by Faizan Chaudhary
MLB Buzz: Angels May Trade Trout If He Requests Exit
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In a surprising turn of events this winter, the Los Angeles Angels might be saying farewell to not just one, but two of their marquee players: Shohei Ohtani and Mike Trout. Bob Nightengale from USA Today shed light on the brewing situation, revealing that the Angels are, for the first time, considering trading their All-Star outfielder, Trout.

The move hinges on Trout signaling his desire to part ways. Notably, Trout possesses exclusive no-trade rights. He recently hinted at a private discourse with the team's management and ownership about the franchise's vision moving forward.

On the other end of the spectrum, Ohtani is gearing up for free agency this offseason. The baseball realm is rife with whispers that he's poised to secure one of the most profitable contracts. Given Ohtani's unmatched prowess on the field but lack of postseason experience with the Angels, top-tier teams are likely to unleash a fierce bidding war.

Finding a franchise with a clearer path to a championship might just be on Ohtani's agenda.

Trout's Future Amid Ohtani's Choices

If Ohtani, a gem in modern baseball, opts for another team, it could be the nudge Trout needs to reevaluate his future with the Angels.

It's worth noting, however, that Trout's recent spate of injuries might cast a shadow over his trade appeal. The star could only mark his presence in 82 games this season, while the 119 games in 2021 marked his maximum participation in the past three years.

Reflecting on his recent health struggles, Trout admitted, "Over the past few years, I've been banged up. A full year's participation is everyone's aspiration, especially mine." Yet, Trout's credentials are nothing short of stellar.

With 11 All-Star nominations, three AL MVP titles, and nine Silver Slugger awards, his career average stands at a commendable .301 batting score, including 40 home runs and 102 RBI per 162-game stretch. But the recurring injuries have constantly sidelined him, resulting in him missing a minimum of 22 games each season for the past eight years.

Ageing like fine wine, 32-year-old Trout, if fit, is expected to have several blockbuster seasons ahead. Should he be on the trading block, the bidding would be intense. If both Ohtani and Trout exit, the Angels are staring at a major reset, nudging their dedicated fans to brace for a possible overhaul.