Two-way superstar Shohei Ohtani will remain with the Los Angeles Angels heading into next season, according to angels general manager Perry Minasian.

Minasian told reporters Monday during the annual general managers meetings in Las Vegas that the franchise has no intention of trading Ohtani. 

In October, the pitcher/designated hitter/outfielder inked a one-year, $30 million deal with the Angels for the 2023 season. The deal allowed Los Angeles to avoid arbitration with Ohtani and meant he would become a free agent after the 2023 season.

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Shohei Ohtani (17) of the Los Angeles Angels during a game against the Oakland Athletics at RingCentral Coliseum Oct. 4, 2022, in Oakland, Calif. 

Shohei Ohtani (17) of the Los Angeles Angels during a game against the Oakland Athletics at RingCentral Coliseum Oct. 4, 2022, in Oakland, Calif.  (Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)

“Because he’s obviously such a good player, we’re not moving him. Ohtani is not getting moved. He’ll be here to start the season. I know there’s been rumors and all types of things, but he will be part of the club. We love the player, and I think the goal is for him to be here for a long time,” Minasian told reporters.

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Rumors about Ohtani’s future began swirling after longtime Angels owner Arte Moreno announced he had hired a firm to begin exploring the sale of the team

Minasian noted that the potential sale of the club does not have any baring on player personnel decisions. 

Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Shohei Ohtani throws to the plate during the first inning of a game against the Houston Astros July 13, 2022, in Anaheim, Calif. 

Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Shohei Ohtani throws to the plate during the first inning of a game against the Houston Astros July 13, 2022, in Anaheim, Calif.  (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

But he did say it would be up to ownership as it relates to a possible long-term extension with Ohtani.

“At the end of the day, it’s ownership’s call,” Minasian said of a potential deal for the 28-year-old. “But I make the recommendations, and I think everybody’s on the same page. Easy player not to move.”

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Los Angeles Angels designated hitter Shohei Ohtani sits in the dugout during the fourth inning of a game against the Baltimore Orioles July 10, 2022, in Baltimore. 

Los Angeles Angels designated hitter Shohei Ohtani sits in the dugout during the fourth inning of a game against the Baltimore Orioles July 10, 2022, in Baltimore.  (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

The team has not made the playoffs during Ohtani’s tenure in Los Angeles despite his spectacular play. In 2021, he was named AL MVP, led the AL in triples and received Sliver Slugger honors.

The Angels have not won the AL West since 2014 and recently concluded their seventh consecutive losing season. The team finished with a record of 73-89 this past season.

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Ohtani was again named an AL MVP finalist Monday after another stellar season.

The Japan-born superstar had a 2.33 ERA on the mound with 219 strikeouts during his 28 starts. At the plate, he batted .273 with 34 homers and 95 RBIs.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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