Owner Moreno, who acquired the Angels from Disney in 2003, announced his intention to sell the club in August of last year. The Angels are evaluated as an attractive club with star players such as Shohei Ohtani and Mike Trout, and the amount of the club sale has reached an all-time high of $2.5 billion (approximately 3 trillion won).
After the club’s intention to sell the club was reported, Golden State Warriors owner Joe Lacob, local newspaper ‘Los Angeles 안전놀이터 Times’ owner Patrick Soon-Shiong, and a number of Japanese investment groups showed interest in acquiring the Angels.
The Angels were considered an underdog team that hadn’t made it to the postseason since 2014, but this year was right before Ohtani’s free agent qualification, and this winter they recruited pitcher Tyler Anderson, outfielder Hunter Renfro, infielder Geo Acella, and Brandon Drury to advance to the postseason. and tried to strengthen power.
Will the stronger team change the mind of owner Moreno? The official website of Major League Baseball said on the 24th (Korean time), “The owner of Moreno announced that he would continue ownership after the 2023 season.” “During the sale process, it became clear that we still have work to do,” Moreno’s owner said in a statement.
Owner Moreno continued, “We were able to meet a group that showed a strong interest in the team. However, as we discussed and the sale took shape, we realized that our hearts were still with the Angels and we were not ready to part with the fans, players and staff.” said.
He said, “We promised this winter that the team’s annual salary will be a club record, and we still want to achieve our goal of winning the World Series for fans. We are looking forward to the next chapter in Angels baseball.” revealed a dream
The withdrawal of the sale of the club by the owner of Moreno could immediately affect Ohtani, who becomes a free agent after this season. With Ohtani’s ransom expected to reach $500 million, the highest ever in the major leagues, the biggest concern is whether the owner Moreno, who will lead the team, will continue to invest next year as well as this year.