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Angels News: MLB Insider Says Shohei Ohtani Will Leave Halos in Offseason

A day the organization has feared for years.

Though nobody truly knows where his headspace is, it's been speculated at multiple points in the past few years that current Halos superstar Shohei Ohtani will continue his MLB career in a new location after 2023.

The Japanese superstar hasn't outright said anything on the matter, but one pundit believes that the current situation on the Angels' roster isn't and hasn't been enough to make him stay in Anaheim. 

Ohtani’s time with the Angels is coming to an end. Now he’s not going to say that publicly. But it’s over. He’s spent six years with the Angels and they’ve never finished above .500. His next destination will put him back in the spotlight where he belongs.

via Jim Bowden, The Athletic

Winning both Rookie of the Year in 2018 and an AL MVP award in 2021, Ohtani's establishment as the best player in baseball this season all but wrapped up another unanimous AL MVP for 2023 by the end of June. 

Providing value on both sides of the ball like we've never seen, the Halos haven't been able to get the most of either of Ohtani's great skills in full capacity this season due to a multitude of factors. 

Due to both fatigue and an elbow injury, Ohtani's efforts to be the full two-way superstar he's been for the past three seasons finally had it's toll on his thought to be superhuman body. 

Sustaining another tear in his UCL, the Angels announced that Ohtani wouldn't start another game for the team for the rest of 2023. 

Remaining in the Halos' lineup despite his elbow ailment, a recent oblique injury has meant that the Japanese superstar has needed to rest from plate appearances in addition to his absence from the mound. 

A frustrating year for both the player and the team, 2023 could be the end of the Orange County chapter in the book authored by one of the greatest the game of baseball has ever seen.