Shohei Ohtani's availability is going to be the biggest story of the 2023 MLB trade deadline. The New York Yankees might be paying closer attention than anyone. If the Los Angeles Angels decide to pursue offers for Shohei Ohtani, the Yankees will have the most motivation to complete a trade for the two-way star, according to ESPN's Buster Olney.

The Yankees' motivation to trade for Ohtani stems from the timeline of their best players, Olney said on “Get Up.” Because stars like Gerrit Cole, Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton are in their 30s and no longer at the beginning of their prime, the Yankees have an urgency to win in the 2023 season. New York's championship window is now, and adding Ohtani could significantly increase the team's chances of winning this year's World Series.

With Ohtani on the roster, the Yankees would arguably sport the best one-two punch in the rotation and their lineup. Cole started the 2023 MLB All-Star Game. Judge had a 1.078 OPS before getting hurt. Ohtani is an All-Star-caliber pitcher and could potentially threaten Judge's AL Home Run record.