The 2022 Major League Baseball Trade Deadline is fast approaching. Teams have until Tuesday, August 2 at 6 p.m. ET to complete any deals before the run toward the 2022 MLB Playoffs. While there are several big-name players who could move, there are two monster deals that could be made. The first is outfielder Juan Soto of the Washington Nationals. The second is designated hitter and pitcher Shohei Ohtani of the Los Angeles Angels.
The Angels began listening to trade offers for their superstar last week. Ohtani, who won the 2021 American League MVP thanks to his hitting and pitching, is once again under consideration for the AL most valuable player award. Ohtani is hitting .251 this season with 22 home runs and 62 RBI’s. He finished last year with a batting average of .257, 46 homers and 100 runs batted in. As for his pitching this season, Ohtani has an ERA of 2.81 with 145 strikeouts over 99.1 innings. Last year he threw 130.1 innings with a 3.18 ERA and 156 strikeouts.
Ohtani is under contract with the Angels through 2023. He is playing on a $5.5 million deal this season. He is arbitration eligible in 2023 and set to hit free agency in 2024. The Angels are not actively shopping Ohtani, but they are listening to offers that start with four top prospects.
The Angels have fallen on hard times. In mid-May the team was 24-13 and third in the AL. Today, Los Angeles is in 12th place in the American League with a record of 43-58 and far removed from the playoff race.
Shohei Ohtani trade picks: MLB trade deadline 2022
|Shohei Ohtani Destination if Traded|
|St Louis Cardinals||+200|
|New York Yankees||+250|
|Los Angeles Dodgers||+300|
|San Diego Padres||+400|
|New York Mets||+550|
|Toronto Blue Jays||+1000|
|Chicago White Sox||+1200|
St Louis Cardinals
The St. Louis Cardinals are currently out of the National League Wild Card race, but they only trail the Philadelphia Phillies by one game. With that, the 53-48 Cardinals are looking to make improvements at the trade deadline. The team is in the hunt for Soto, but adding Ohtani might be a better deal for St. Louis as they need help in both hitting and pitching.
The Cardinals have top 100 prospects to offer in Jordan Walker, Matthew Liberatore, Ivan Herrera and Gordon Graceffo. In addition, the Cardinals could throw Nolan Gorman into the trade for Ohtani.
New York Yankees
The New York Yankees are pretty much a lock to make the playoffs and are the favorites to win the 2022 World Series. However, that doesn’t mean the team wouldn’t jump at the chance to add Ohtani to its lineup.
New York is 69-33 this year and have the best record in MLB. With 545 runs scored and 336 runs against, the Yankees are the only team in baseball with a +200 run differential at +209. Ohtani would help the club in both those stats.
If the Yankees are forced to give up their top four prospects for Ohtani, that would mean moving Anthony Volpe, Jasson Dominguez, Oswald Peraza, and Austin Wells. That might be too much to ask for a team that is already sitting at the top of the league. However, dropping to in a row to the New York Mets last week might have made the Yankees a little nervous.
Los Angeles Dodgers
The Los Angeles Dodgers are sitting at the top of the National League with a record of 67-33. They are four games ahead of the second place New York Mets. Like the New York Yankees, the Dodgers have been outstanding on offense and defense this season. They have 519 runs scored and 328 runs against for the best run differential in the NL at +191. The Mets are 99 runs behind them with the second best run differential of +92.
The players that the deal would start with from Los Angeles are Diego Cartaya, Bobby Miller, Michael Busch, and Andy Pages.
As stated above, an Ohtani trade is not a lock and might not even be likely, but if the Angels do feel they need to make a move, I would expect the Cardinals with their deep farm system to land Ohtani at the 2022 MLB trade deadline.
Pick: Los Angeles Angels to trade Shohei Ohtani to the St. Louis Cardinals.
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