Ohtani watches the Angels’ offseason strikes from afar

Although Shohei Ohtani returned to Japan for the offseason, he was in frequent contact with Los Angeles Angels common supervisor Perry Minasian relating to the staff’s offseason strikes.

“We speak loads. He asks me day-after-day who we’re getting,” Minasian mentioned throughout the winter baseball meetups. “He likes. We now have so many gamers like that. Mike (Trout) and Anthony (Rendon) are like that. I feel it is a very motivated group.

“They need to see the exercise. They need to see the group decide to bettering the staff. We’ll see how that performs out after we get to spring coaching what precisely we have now, however we’ll proceed to search for alternatives to enhance,” she mentioned.

Minasian additionally reiterated his assist for Ohtani within the function he thinks is finest for Japan throughout the World Baseball Basic in March. Ohtani mentioned he’s open to being a rescuer.

“I’ve no drawback with what he does. He is not one I am nervous about,” Minasian mentioned. “He is aware of what he must do to prepare for the season. I do know when the bell rings, he’ll be good to go. There’s consolation and confidence in that.”

The Angels’ offseason strikes, their future proprietor and the staff’s efficiency will all be beneath the microscope because the Japanese two-way famous person begins his remaining season earlier than reaching free company.

Ohtani agreed to a $30 million contract for subsequent season in September. After profitable the AL MVP award in 2021, Ohtani completed second to New York Yankees slacker Aaron Choose after going 15-9 with a 2.33 ERA on the mound and batting .273 with 34 dwelling runs and 95 RBI.

Regardless of Arte Moreno placing the staff up on the market, the Angels have been proactive because the finish of the season. They acquired outfielder Hunter Renfroe from the Milwaukee Brewers and infielder Gio Urshela from the Minnesota Twins. They up to date the rotation by signing Tyler Anderson and added to the bullpen with Carlos Estévez.

Minasian mentioned the property’s messaging was enterprise as typical.

“I do know we spent more cash, I suppose. However I imply, nothing was drastically completely different for me. I feel there have been extra issues that got here up that made sense, in comparison with perhaps earlier offseasons, the place we have been and what we have been making an attempt to do,” Minasian mentioned.

Commissioner Rob Manfred mentioned Tuesday that a number of teams have expressed curiosity within the Angels with the likelihood {that a} sale may very well be accomplished by opening day.

Supervisor Phil Nevin can also be on a one-year deal because the Angels look to finish a streak of seven straight shedding seasons and eight straight years out of the postseason after going 73-89 final season. Each are the longest energetic skates within the majors.

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