If Shohei Ohtani is traded to the NL, it would be chaotic in the betting world

If Shohei Ohtani is traded to the NL, it would be chaotic in the betting world

Published July 30, 2022
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As of early July, almost a quarter of all the money bet in the AL MVP market at BetMGM was on Los Angeles Angels megastar Shohei Ohtani. The 24.9 percent mark is the highest of any player in either league.

With the Angels falling deeper into obscurity and the trade deadline approaching fast, the news cycle has shifted from who might land Juan Soto to possible Ohtani trades. On Thursday night, MLB Network spent a long time throwing out possible Ohtani trades for each team that could be a possible destination.

The main example of a player switching leagues and winning an award was 1984, when Rick Sutcliffe was traded from the Cleveland Indians to the Chicago Cubs. Sutcliffe was awesome with the Cubs and he won NL Cy Young. But that trade happened on June 13, giving Sutcliffe enough time to build up an NL resume. And he won with his new league.

A better comparison for Ohtani and a possible trade to the NL would be Mark McGwire. McGwire was traded from the Oakland A’s to the St. Louis Cardinals during the 1997 season. He had 58 homers and 123 RBI combined that season, but just 24 homers and 42 RBI for the Cardinals in the NL. He tied for 16th in NL MVP voting behind players like Charles Johnson and Edgardo Alfonzo. McGwire didn’t get a first-place vote.