Angels GM Perry Minasian says comments from Shohei Ohtani, Mike Trout are to be expected

ARLINGTON, Texas — After hearing his manager and two of his star players express a desire for the Angels to make the changes necessary for the club to win, Perry Minasian reacted with a shrug.

“Nobody wants to play on a losing team,” the Angels general manager said from the visitors’ dugout on Tuesday afternoon at Globe Life Field. “That’s something that I would expect everybody to say. Not shocking at all. As far as the winter that doesn’t change anything.”

Much was made in some circles – by media and fans – about comments from Mike Trout on Saturday and Shohei Ohtani on Sunday.

To Minasian, it was much ado about nothing.

Essentially, they said exactly what any player would say, Minasian said. He added that the front office is always been geared toward winning, regardless of what anyone says in a press conference.

“I appreciate what they said,” Minasian said. “I liked the fact that, obviously, Mike and Sho, they want to win. Those aren’t the only two players that want to win. There’s plenty of guys on this team currently, and I’m sure if you ask any player on any team, would say the same thing.”

Manager Joe Maddon also said that it would be wrong to take Ohtani saying he wants to win and interpret that as a threat to leave. Ohtani is currently set to be a free agent after the 2023 season.

“We all feel the same way,” Maddon said. “We all want to win. And I think anybody who misconstrues that as though he wants to leave, that’s trying to connect some dots that were not at all what he has said.”

The question, of course, is whether owner Arte Moreno and the front office will make the moves necessary to get the Angels back on top after a streak that has now reached six consecutive losing seasons.

“One thing I don’t have to worry about with him is he wants to win too,” Minasian said of Moreno. “Nobody wants to win more than him. And he’s shown a commitment, obviously, financially over the years, to investing in the club. I don’t think anybody can argue that. To me, the proof’s in the pudding to a certain extent, right?”

While the Angels certainly have spent big, it’s been mostly on position players. They have made offers to pitchers at the top of the market, but so far none have signed.

Maddon was more pointed with his comments last week, not only saying that the Angels needed to win but pinpointing that they need to acquire frontline starting pitchers to do it.

Minasian was noncommittal when specifically asked about upgrading the top of the rotation.

“There’s not many guys like that,” he said. “Obviously it’s difficult to get frontline players in general. Again, as far as the budget goes, it just depends on who is out there and opportunities we have. We have an ownership group that has shown a commitment to doing what they need to do to make this team as good as it can be. And I don’t think that’s going to change.

“It’s just got to make sense. The things we do have to make sense. That’s something that we’ll evaluate each and every player and see what’s there and what fits and make decisions and see where it goes.”


Maddon said the Angels still aren’t sure if Ohtani will start the final game of the regular season on Sunday. They are waiting to see how Ohtani feels in the coming days…

Maddon moved Jared Walsh behind Ohtani in the order on Tuesday. Maddon had been reluctant to have the two lefties hit back-to-back because it would make them more vulnerable to left-handed pitchers. The Rangers had a right-handed starter on Tuesday, and also Maddon said he’s more willing to experiment when facing another team that’s out of the playoff race. “Just take it for a test drive,” Maddon said. “There’s no reason not to do that right now.”…

Taylor Ward joined the Angels’ taxi squad. Ward missed much of the second half at Triple-A rehabbing from an injury. He could be activated sometime in the final week of the season…

Minasian said Jaime Barria’s shoulder injury is nothing serious enough to have an impact on his health for next season…

Left-hander Reid Detmers gave up one run in two innings for Triple-A Salt Lake on Monday. It was his first outing after he spent a month on the COVID-related injured list. The Angels are undecided if Detmers will pitch in the majors over the weekend.


Angels (RHP Janson Junk, 0-1, 3.75 ERA) at Rangers (LHP Taylor Hearn, 6-5, 4.55), Wednesday, 5:05 p.m., Bally Sports West, 830 AM

Source: Angels GM Perry Minasian says comments from Shohei Ohtani, Mike Trout are to be expected

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