ESPN's Buster Olney suggests that star player Shohei Ohtani could massively boost the Yankees' lineup and rotation. According to Olney, the New York team tops the list of interested parties eyeing the Angels' multi-talented pitcher and hitter.
Olney's sources highlight the Yankees' motivation to secure Ohtani, considering their key players, Gerrit Cole, Aaron Judge, and Giancarlo Stanton, are in the prime of their career. The addition of Ohtani could solidify the Yankees' win-now window and potentially elevate the strength of the team.
The appeal of Ohtani lies not only in his versatile skills but also in his compatibility with Yankee Stadium, known to favor left-handed batters. If Ohtani is made available by the Angels, the Yankees are seen as likely bidders.
Ohtani's outstanding record further strengthens his appeal. The player has hit 32 home runs, maintained a 3.32 ERA, and achieved 117 strikeouts in 100.1 innings this season. Yet, the Angels have not signaled any intention to trade him.
The Yankees, currently a game away from the final AL Wild Card spot, could find in Ohtani the much-needed spark to improve their team batting average and increase runs. Their situation has been further complicated by Aaron Judge's prolonged absence due to injury.
The Yankees' rotation has also suffered this season, missing Frankie Montas and only recently welcoming back Carlos Rodon. With Luis Severino's ERA inflating to 7.38, Ohtani's arrival could provide the necessary bolster.
While Olney reports interest from the Rays and Rangers, speculation is already building that Ohtani could seek a deal worth more than $500 million in the coming offseason.