Shohei Ohtani Trade Odds | Angels Favored Over Dodgers, Giants to Keep Superstar at MLB Deadline
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Shohei Ohtani Next Team Odds
|Any Other Team||+1000|
Odds via DraftKings and as of July 20th.
The MLB trade deadline is set for Aug. 1, and all eyes are on Shohei Ohtani and the Los Angeles Angels.
The two-way superstar and extreme AL MVP favorite is a free agent after this season and will be far and away the most sought-after player on the market in a long time.
The Angels, at the time of this writing, are 49-48 and nine games behind the Rangers in the American League West and 4.5 games out of the final AL wild-card spot.
Speculation has increased in recent weeks that the Angels might entertain trade offers for the phenom, and sportsbooks have begun to take advantage of this with odds on which team Ohtani will play for following the Aug. 1 deadline.
DraftKings listed odds for a number of players around whom trade rumors swirl, but no player is as impactful as Ohtani, and smart money appears to remain on him sticking around Anaheim for at least the final two months of the 2023 season.
DraftKings put his odds of playing for the Angels after the deadline at -170 (a $100 bet would net $58.82), and that makes sense. A player of Ohtani's caliber would surely net a hefty return in present and future talent, and many contenders would be hesitant to make such a deal without the guarantee they'd be able to retain Ohtani's services beyond this season.
On Thursday afternoon, MLB.com's Jon Morosi reported the Angels "are not close to a decision on whether to trade" Ohtani, and are likely to wait until the final 24-48 hours before the deadline.
Among the deep-pocketed suitors for Ohtani's services — if the Angels make him available — are the Los Angeles Dodgers, who check in with the next-lowest odds, albeit all the way down at +800 ($100 bet would net $800). After the Dodgers come their division rival, the San Francisco Giants, at +900. "Any other team" (meaning any team not listed by DraftKings) is +1000, and every other listed team checks in at +1100 or longer.
Ohtani enters play Friday hitting .306/.397/.678 with a league-leading 35 home runs. Speculation has also increased that he will threaten Aaron Judge's AL home run record of 62, set just last season. On the mound, the two-way player is 7-5 with a 3.50 ERA, 139 strikeouts and 46 walks in 105 1/3 innings.
Other players for whom DraftKings lists a "next team" market include:
- Blake Snell, LHP, Padres
- Cody Bellinger, OF, Cubs
- Eduardo Rodriguez, LHP, Tigers
- Jordan Montgomery, LHP, Cardinals
- Josh Hader, LHP, Padres
- Lucas Giolito, RHP, White Sox
- Marcus Stroman, RHP, Cubs
- Max Scherzer, RHP, Mets
- Paul Goldschmidt, 1B, Cardinals
- Tim Anderson, SS, White Sox