Los Angeles Angels owner Arte Moreno isn’t selling the team at all.
last August, Moreno said the organization would begin evaluating future sales. on monday the team revealed Moreno is ending that process in order to remain the owner of the MLB franchise.
“During this process, it became clear that we have unfinished business and we feel that we can make a positive impact on the future of the team and the fan experience,” Moreno said.
The Angels have made the playoffs once in the last 13 seasons despite capitalizing on two generational talents. Mike Trout has yet to win a playoff game in his 12-year career, and two-way star Shohei Ohtani could sign elsewhere next season.
Some Angels fans are disappointed with Moreno’s decision, and many around the MLB world wonder how his announcement will affect Ohtani’s free-agency choice.
“The next season of Shohei Ohtani’s free agency just got a little more interesting,” newsdayTim Haley wrote.
“Shohei Ohtani Will Soon Be A Former Angel,” Danny Abriano of SNY Predicted. “Whether it happens at the time limit (if they’re smart enough to lose him for nothing) or the offense is the only question remaining.”
“Speaking for the majority of the Angels fan base, I am extremely disappointed with this decision,” Angels Nation Talk wrote. “Arte needs to go and it is almost a guarantee that Ohtani will go.”
“You gotta be kidding me,” A angels fans Told.
“Today is a sad day,” Kendall Hollowell of NFL Network wrote. “Shohei Ohtani, Mike Trout and Angels fans deserve better.”
While Moreno has been willing to spend more than some owners, that money hasn’t always been put to good use. Albert Pujols declined on his payroll, and Anthony Rendon hasn’t been healthy since signing a seven-year, $245 million deal in 2020.
The Angels suffered their seventh straight losing season in 2022 when they went 73–89, despite excellent hitting and pitching from Ohtani and 40 home runs from Trout. Moreno and the team’s front office are under pressure to bring in those stars after the season, or else they will have to consider trading Ohtani during the season.
Los Angeles acquired pitcher Tyler Anderson, outfielder Hunter Renfro and infielder Brandon Drury in 2023 in hopes of reversing the organization’s misfortunes.