Despite the team’s struggles, the Los Angeles Angeles GM says he sees “a formula to win” around stars Mike Trout and Shohai Ohtani.

Anaheim, California – Mike Trout and Shohei will help build the lineup for the American League starting July 19 at Dodger Stadium, 30 miles from Ohtani. He entered Fangraph’s Top 10 on Tuesday, above the replacement, tending to potential MVP views.

And yet the team they play for, Los Angeles Angeles, is once again heading for disassociation, with 11 games sitting below the .500 and seven games behind the Houston Astros in the infamous five-game sixth and final playoff spot. Games are coming. With a vibe. Los Angeles Dodgers.

With the exception of one major change, the Angels are on track to miss the post-season 12 times in the last 13 years – although Trout may have been the game’s brightest star for those 11 seasons, and Ohtani served as a transformative two-way street. For each of the last two players. In August, the trout will turn 31 years old. And in 16 months, Ohtani was able to enter the free-agent market. But Angels general manager Perry Minassian still believes the franchise can compete between its two best players.

“There’s definitely a winning formula around them – and it’s an in-depth team,” Minashian said ahead of Tuesday’s opening series against the Astros. “You can do this in different ways. Draft is a part of it, but free agency is a part of it, trade is a part of it. I definitely see a road map for getting a competitive team on the field with those kids. He’s a great player, he’s done really well. I think he deserves all the admiration he gets every day; I’m looking forward to seeing those two in an all-star game. I think they are the two best players in baseball and we are lucky to have them. ”

At the start of the 2022 season, the Angels won 27 of their first 44 games. But then began a series of mysterious 14-game defeats, during which the Minnesota removed Joe Madden as team manager. The Angels did not hold out, going 11-20 under interim manager Phil Nevin. The initial rotation, the focus of this short series in the off-season, is solid. But the offense – minus Anthony Randon, who underwent season-end wrist surgery in mid-June – fought hard despite the constant presence of Trout and Ohtani, posting second-lowest OPS in large companies over the past seven weeks. .

“It’s up to me,” Minasian said. “One hundred percent on me. I’m in charge of the roster. The coaches can do what I give them. I’m very aware of that.”

The trade market is expected to pick up after the end of next week’s draft, at which point teams will undoubtedly be interested in Angels Noah Cindergard and Michael Lorenzen – capable starting pitchers who are also pending agents. Minashian resisted deciding whether he wanted to add veteran players to use his existing veterans to build a retail league system, saying he would “look for opportunities to improve the club, be it short-term or long-term.”

The question that revolves around the Angels is whether they will consider the only team in control by 2023, Ohtani or Trout, who have signed by 2030 and whether they will have to accept any deals. But that situation – even if it is considered – will not unfold until the off-season, when theoretically more teams can join.

“I’m not talking about specific people,” he said when asked about his star trade. “Teams will call and ask about everyone. If you have really good players on your team, for the most part you will be called and asked about them. You don’t hold the phone, but some players are a tougher business than others, obviously. “

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