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GM says Angels not trading Ohtani this offseason

The Los Angeles Angels are not trading Shohei Ohtani this offseason, general manager Perry Minasian told reporters on Monday.

Ohtani agreed last month to a one-year, $30 million deal with the Angels for the 2023 season, his final year before free agency.

The Angels are coming off their seventh consecutive losing season and missed the playoffs for an eighth consecutive year. Ohtani has previously said the losing does not sit well with him.

“I have to say that August and September in particular felt longer to me than last year,” Ohtani, speaking in Japanese, said after the season. “We were not able to play as many good games as we would like — including 14 consecutive losses. So I have a rather negative impression of this season.”

The 2021 American League MVP, Ohtani was again named a finalist after another stellar season. He was 15-9 with a 2.33 ERA as a pitcher. As a batter he hit 34 home runs, had 95 RBIs and hit .273.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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