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Ohtani may leave as free agent as Angels lose 5-1 to Mariners

Ohtani may leave as free agent as Angels lose 5-1 to Mariners

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Sep 27
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Los Angeles Angels pitcher and outfielder Shohei Ohtani expressed his frustration after the Angels lost against the Seattle Mariners on Sunday.

“It’s very frustrating, very disappointing,” Ohtani said. “I always look forward to being in the playoff race at the end.”

The Angels have not qualified for the postseason since 2014.

The 27-year-old has been playing at the MVP level. He is the first Angels pitcher in three years to strike out 150 in a season. Ohtani also has recorded 328 plate appearances and hit 26 home runs so far this season.

His achievements aside, it is clear that the former Rookie of the Year is tired of losing.

“I really like the team. I love the fans. I love the atmosphere of the team,” Ohtani said via an interpreter. “But, more than that, I want to win. That’s the biggest thing for me. I’ll leave it at that.”

Ohtani only has two more seasons remaining in his contract. He could potentially leave for a more competitive team, such as city rival the Los Angeles Dodgers.

“It’s hard to say,” Ohtani said. “We were putting up a good fight through like July or August, sticking around .500 and waiting for the guys to come back. That was our motivation. But the guys didn’t come back, so it was hard to keep that motivation up. If nothing changes on the team, I think it’s going to be pretty hard to be in playoff contention.”

The Angels travel to Texas to face the Rangers on Tuesday.

  • Shohei Ohtani

    Shohei Ohtani , nicknamed "Shotime", is a Japanese professional baseball pitcher, designated hitter and outfielder for the Los Angeles Angels of Major League Baseball .

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