MLB Rumors: LA Dodgers Trying To Land Shohei Ohtani AND Mike Trout

While everyone expects the Los Angeles Dodgers to be the leading contender to woo two-way superstar Shohei Ohtani in free agency, it appears that he isn't the only LA Angels star they're trying to get to Chavez Ravine. 

A report has the Dodgers very interested in trading for Mike Trout as well, and keeping the superstar pairing together, as they have been for the last five years in Anaheim (but this time, with a chance to actually get to the postseason). 

Insider Hector Gomez tweeted that the Dodgers would be willing to give up their "best prospects" to land the 32-year-old, 11-time All-Star, Trout. 

This kind of move is a possibility for a couple of reasons: 

a) Ohtani loved playing with Trout, and bringing him up the I-5 alongside the Japanese star could make it a slam dunk for the Dodgers to get Ohtani to agree to sign there.

b) The Boys in Blue definitely do have the prospect capital to make a compelling case for the Angels to deal Trout and get a re-build off to a running start.

The move is more of an improbability  due to:

a) the question of whether the Dodgers would be willing to give up those kinds of assets for an older player with a recent history chock full of injury concerns and missed games? 

b) With 7 years and $248M left on Trout's contract, if the Dodgers really wanted to spend that kind of money on a player (in addition to the $500M or so they'd be committing to Ohtani), wouldn't they rather do it on a younger version of a superstar, like, say, Juan Soto, who becomes a free agent after the 2024 season?

All in all, it's an extremely compelling idea to bring in a pair of superstars with a total of FIVE MVPs, but whether it becomes a reality is a big question mark at this point. 

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