3 ways the SF Giants could force a trade for Shohei Ohtani

Trading for Shohei Ohtani may be a pipe dream, but the San Francisco Giants have the means to make the Angels think long and hard about it.

Jul 8, 2023; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Angels designated hitter Shohei Ohtani (17)
Jul 8, 2023; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Angels designated hitter Shohei Ohtani (17) / Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
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Putting Marco Luciano and Luis Matos on the table could give the Giants a shot at landing Ohtani

While the Angels have been active in trying to bring more pitching into their organization, there is a chance that they will want to avoid pitching prospects being the centerpiece of any Ohtani trade. No matter how good a pitching prospect is, they are always incredibly risky between the jump in competition as well the usual injury risk.

If that is where the Angels' heads are at, the Giants still have the pieces to make a deal work with five of their top 10 prospects being on the position player side. In particular, Luis Matos and Marco Luciano could be very attractive to the Angels as well-known commodities with tons of upside.

Matos got called up to the big leagues earlier this season and has been pretty good, but his hit tool should be able to carry him to even greater heights. Marco Luciano has been one of the Giants' best prospects for a while now and while he has largely struggled at Double-A this season, he has played much better recently and still has the same tools including special raw power he has always had.

To make the Angels consider a trade for Ohtani, it is possible that San Francisco may have to offer both Matos and Luciano and that may be too much for them to stomach. However, If you were to say the Giants gave up Luciano for a high-end starter and Matos for an elite power bat, it makes more sense.

To give up this kind of package, though, the Giants would probably need some level of assurance that Ohtani is at least strongly considering signing long-term with the Giants as giving up long-term options at shortstop and in the outfield is a lot to give up.