Shohei Ohtani casts doubt on Angels future: 'I want to win'

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Los Angeles Angels star Shohei Ohtani made it clear on Sunday that winning is the most important thing to him.

The Angels solidified their sixth consecutive losing season — even with Ohtani emerging as the favorite to win the American League MVP award, thanks to how successful he’s been at the plate and on the mound. Ohtani was disappointed with how the season turned out.

“I really like the team. I love the fans and the atmosphere of the team. But more than that, I want to win. That’s the biggest thing for me. So I’ll leave it at that,” he said through his interpreter.

It might be the most controversial thing Ohtani has said since joining the Angels.

He is tied to Los Angeles for two more seasons but hasn’t had any extension talks with the franchise. He is clearly getting antsy for some winning baseball — and soon.

Part of the issue for the Angels has been the number of injuries to their star players.

The time is ticking for the Angels. Los Angeles had a $181 million payroll coming into the season, and if Ohtani does hit free agency in two years, he’ll command a pretty penny to bring back.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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