The Angels have been busy this off-season, many in the industry believe that the Angels are going to offload big contracts. Either this off-season or at 2023 trade deadline. While now, still assembling a "competitive" team. They have no shot at resigning Ohtani, they might just move him at the deadline. Leaving one out of two of their biggest draws on the team for most of the season.
Ohtani is a unique talent as a top-tier pitcher and hitter, and his signing fills a need in both the starting rotation and the batting order. At just 28 years old and with numerous accolades including an AL MVP, AL Rookie of the Year, Silver Slugger, and two All-Star appearances, he may be in line for the largest contract in baseball history. Jon Heyman of the New York Post spoke to multiple agents who speculated that Los Angeles Angels two-way phenom Shohei Ohtani will earn a contract that exceeds his teammate Mike Trout's 12-year, $426.5 million deal when he becomes a free agent in 2023. One agent even predicted that Ohtani will be given the first $500 million contract in MLB history.
Arte Moreno is said to be having trouble selling The Angels. Rob Manfred even gave him a deadline to get it done. He has already passed that deadline.
Moreno is looking for a record sale of his team, over 2 billion dollars.
The question is WHEN, not if it gets done. The reasoning behind the stalling of The Angels being sold may mean many things. One reason being, they are currently busy discussing a trade or trades.
Take note, that any new owner or (owners) coughing up over 2 billion for a professional sports team. Are going to have their hands full Mike Trout, Angels Future Sale, Lawsuits/Fines Mirrors Similar Scenario To 2017 Marlins