The Shohei Ohtani trade speculation is heating up.

The Los Angeles Angels will consider trade inquiries for Ohtani, sources told Jon Morosi of MLB Network, who added that the club has not eliminated the possibility of a deal prior to the Aug. 1 deadline.

A nine-game homestand coming out of the All-Star break will play a large role in determining the team's direction, notes Morosi. The Angels are slated to play nine games against the Houston Astros, New York Yankees, and Pittsburgh Pirates. The Astros and Yankees sit above Los Angeles in the AL wild-card race.