Shohei Ohtani is the preeminent unicorn player in baseball. The Dodgers love unicorns. And the Dodgers would love to have Shohei in blue on the mound and at the plate. The two-way superstar is coming off a season where he posted a 2.33 ERA over 28 starts and hit 34 home runs with an .875 OPS over 666 plate appearances. He’s also heading toward his final season under contract with the Angels, leading to a whole mess of trade speculation this offseason.
But there’s one problem… The Angels say they are not trading Shohei this offseason.
Still, that hasn’t put much of a damper on MLB insiders and pundits having fun with trade packages and scenarios. I even made one of my own a couple weeks ago that was as realistic as any we’re seeing these days.
The problem is, what exactly do you trade for a player that has no comp? There is no true peer to Shohei Ohtani because, again, he is an enigma. A unicorn player in the sport.
If you acquire a player like Ohtani, you’re not only getting a top-10-to-15 slugger in the game, but you also add an ace-level pitcher to your starting rotation. Even more, you bring in a transcendent talent that puts butts in the seats and adds a nice windfall of marketing opportunities which, in theory, helps pay for the player.
But let’s get to why you’re here.
What is that trade package another insider put together and how did Dodgers fans react to it? Over at The Athletic, team beat writers were tasked with putting together a trade package for Ohtani. Fabian Ardaya, who covers the Dodgers, came up with this.
Thanks I needed a good laugh this morning
— Garrett Claud ???? (@garrett_claud) November 7, 2022
That trade is unrealistic.
— Randy Winfield (@Strait2thetitle) November 8, 2022
I expected better from the Athletic. This would probably be the biggest prospect haul I've ever seen. 5 in the top 100, plus 2 more with high upside for 1 full Season of Ohtani before Dodgers can just sign him for 0 prospects ???
— Livingin900 (@livingin900) November 7, 2022
For one year of Ohtani??? We are going to replenish the Angels farm system for them to get one year. No chance. It would be one year and no guarantee we aren't outbid afterwards in free agency. That's a worse circumstance than Juan Soto in terms of term and we passed on him
— Dee Vanier Crowd (blue checkmark)© (@CrowdVanier) November 7, 2022
Lol all 7 of them is too much for Ohtani, BUT I would tell them pick any 5 off that list for sure. Ohtani is worth 5 of the Dodgers top prospects, IMO.
— EE (@EEstaris) November 7, 2022
That is insanely way too much for 1 season only. That's more than the padres gave up for 2.5 seasons of Soto. They would give up 3 maybe 4 of those guys tops
— RWBOSS (@RWBoss) November 7, 2022
— Julius Pepperwood (@TheRealJPepper) November 7, 2022
maybe if he had more years left but it’s just ONE year. be serious ? https://t.co/xneFG1Ft02
— jenn? (@jennwithluv) November 7, 2022
If Ohtani were to agree to an extension, I do it in a heartbeat. Without one, it's extremely risky. I'd still might do it.
I think it's unlikely Shohei gets traded this offseason, but you never know. As I said, if the Dodgers are going to get Ohtani, it's likely in a trade. https://t.co/FJWfm7s5Qs
— Josh Gitt (@dodger1214) November 7, 2022
Overwhelmingly, the fan feeling is that a seven-for-one trade would be giving up way too much for a player who becomes a free agent after next season. Especially when those seven are all players in the Dodgers’ top-15 prospects.
In reality, LA would like need to substitute players who are more big league ready, but in an even more real reality, a trade is just plainly not happening. Not when the Angels are set to be sold and Shohei is just about the only marketable part of the organization.
Sorry Mike Trout.
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