Shohei Ohtani: 3 realistic trade destinations for the reigning MVP

May 16, 2022; Arlington, Texas, USA; Los Angeles Angels designated hitter Shohei Ohtani (17) hits a two-run double during the first inning against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Field. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
May 16, 2022; Arlington, Texas, USA; Los Angeles Angels designated hitter Shohei Ohtani (17) hits a two-run double during the first inning against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Field. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports /
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Jul 14, 2019; Milwaukee, WI, USA; San Francisco Giants hat and glove in the dug out at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Michael McLoone-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 14, 2019; Milwaukee, WI, USA; San Francisco Giants hat and glove in the dug out at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Michael McLoone-USA TODAY Sports /

The San Francisco Giants had a meeting with Shohei Ohtani the first time around, so he obviously considered them before. Not many have discussed the Giants as a trade partner, but they prefer it that way.

Payroll
Evan Longoria, Brandon Crawford, and Alex Wood all come off the books in the next two years, clearing almost $54 million off their payroll. I don’t see them bringing back any of them at anywhere near their current price. That should leave them with plenty of money to afford Ohtani. However, what they decide to do with Carlos Rodón will be a big factor. He has a player option next year that he is destined to exercise, so they will have to pay up or watch him walk away.

Young talent
The Giants have a few pieces in both their MLB roster and their farm system that would intrigue the Angels. Logan Webb may or may not be on the table, but he could be a key piece of a potential deal. The flame throwing closer Camilo Doval is a young star in the making who could be dealt as well. As far as the farm system goes, Giants top prospect Marco Luciano appears to be ready for the major leagues, and the Angels would love to get him. Same story for #2 prospect Kyle Harrison. They also both fill a major need for the Angels as a shortstop and left-handed pitcher, respectively.

Destination
Different team, same story with the big city. San Francisco does check the West Coast box for Ohtani, and is clearly a destination he could see himself playing in, as proven by his initial meetings. San Francisco is a beautiful city and does offer a bit more tranquility than the other teams mentioned above.

Contender
This is the tough one. If the Giants can structure this deal with more minor league talent than major league talent, and can retain Rodón, they appear to be capable of contending again. They are one season removed from a 107-win campaign, and got hit hard with the injury bug this year. Adding Ohtani to their current roster would definitely make them contenders, but can they keep everything intact and trade for Ohtani? Only time will tell.

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