The Los Angeles Angels, which had to send Shohei Ohtani (29), who gained free agency status, to the Los Angeles Dodgers in the U.S. Major League Baseball (MLB), are considering recruiting veteran infielder Joey Votto (40) to reinforce their offense.

MLB.COM said in an article on the FA market trend on the 25th (Korea time) that the Angels are one of the clubs showing interest in Voto.

Votto, once the Major League Baseball’s “on-base master,” played only for the Cincinnati Reds for 17 seasons from 2007 to 2023.

His overall big league performance is 0.294 with 2,135 hits, 0.409 on-base percentage, and 0.920 OPS (on-base plus slugging percentage), which is enough to enter the Hall of Fame even if he retires right now.

Votto, who hit 36 home runs until 2021, played in a total of 156 games in the two seasons of 2022 and 2023 due to the injury, and only hit 25 home runs.

Votto, who contractually could have received $20 million if he played for Cincinnati in 2024, left Cincinnati for only $7 million in buyout, which is the nature of a farewell payment.

MLB.COM quoted Nick Kroll, president of Cincinnati’s baseball division, as saying that Cincinnati has no plans to recruit Votto again.

The Angels, where Ohtani left, are currently vacant as designated hitters.

Votto, who has played as a first baseman throughout his career, is playing as a designated hitter as he gets older.

No matter what player comes, he can’t fill Ohtani’s vacancy, but if Voto burns the last flame, he can expect some offensive power. 라바카지노도메인

The problem is Voto’s chances of making a comeback.

Votto is a player who has suffered an “aging curve,” which means a decline in skills due to aging in recent years.

Even after losing Ohtani, the Angels, who received “FA Market F” from the U.S. media for not reinforcing the FA market, literally consider recruiting Votto in a “crying and mustard-eating way.”

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