With MLB’s August 2 trade deadline fast approaching, teams across the league will be looking to acquire or part ways with their star players over the coming week. As trade talks continue to heat up between the clubs, here’s a look at the likely buyers, sellers and players to watch on the trading bloc:
Commercial Time Buyers
New York Yankees
Despite the acquisition All-Star outfielder Andrew Benintendi of the Kansas City Royals On Wednesday night, the Bronx Bombers could still be looking to add more talent. The club recently expressed an interest in getting great arms for their rotation and injured bullpen – who suffered a heavy blow after Michael King’s injury – like pitchers Frankie Montas, Pablo Lopez and David Robertson.
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Crosstown rivals the Yankees will also be on hand to add more talent in the coming days after acquiring DH Daniel Vogelbach from the Pirates, as well as outfielder Tyler Naquin and LHP Phillip Diehl of the Reds. Receiver Wilson Contreras and DH Trey Mancini offered possible upgrades for the Amazins, who will likely also buy a bullpen arm.
As Atlanta continues to chase the Mets in Eastern Newfoundland, they will likely look to bolster their already strong roster with modest acquisitions, similar to the date-date additions of Adam Duvall, Eddie Rosario and Jorge Soler. last year’s limit. Possible reinforcements could include greater pitching depth and a better replacement at second base, which is currently held by Robinson Cano in relief of injured Ozzie Albies.
The Astros are heavy favorites to win the AL West, but may feel the need to bolster their roster in order to earn a first-round bye against the Yankees in the playoffs. Needed positions could include a left-handed reliever, reserve receiver, and first baseman. Josh Bell has continually offered a possible answer to replace struggling Houston first baseman Yuli Gurriel, who has a .243/.293/.392 slant line this season.
Cardinals of St. Louis
St. Louis sent shockwaves through MLB last week when they were named prospects favorite to add Juan Soto by rival teams. The club have a plethora of young talent they can use to land other hard-hitting players – like a bullpen piece or a rotating arm to replace recently injured Steven Matz – if the blockbuster deal doesn’t materialize not.
The Mariners made one of the biggest first splashes before the MLB trade deadline by trading for Reds ace Luis Castillo Friday night. While Seattle will likely hold back on making bigger moves after dealing three of its top five prospects (ranked by MLB Pipeline) to Cincinnati in exchange for Castillo, look to them to add another bat to their offense, which ranks 23rd in points scored.
The Nats have one of superstar Juan Soto’s most coveted trade targets, but it remains to be seen if any team will be willing to fulfill the club’s astronomical asking price. Washington could also look to deal with first baseman Josh Bell, as well as offload LHP The catastrophic contract of Patrick Corbin in a deal with Soto.
Los Angeles Angels
Despite featuring two of the sport’s biggest stars in Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani, the shocked Angels have 16 games under the .500 mark after going through the league’s worst 19-46 since May 15. Los Angeles is actively listening to inquiries for this latest franchise. cornerstone, but could part ways with other guns including Noah Syndergaard, Aaron Wolf and Ryan Tepera.
Chicago is clearly in rebuilding mode as they are 19 games under .500 and 15.5 games behind the Milwaukee Brewers for first place in the NL Central. The club will likely be willing to part ways with several of its formidable stars, including catcher Wilson Contrears, reliever David Robertson, left-hander Drew Smyly and third baseman Patrick Wisdom.
Boston Red Sox
The Red Sox entered July with 10 games above .500, but fell in the standings thanks to a miserable July. With their playoff hopes fading fast, the reeling club could be looking to deal with one of their mighty DH sticks JD Martinez or wide receiver Christian Vasquez. As for Boston’s showpieces, infielders Rafael Devers and Xander Bogaerts will likely stay put, with the latter saying on Thursday that it will not be exchanged.
Miami is just games away from the latest NL Wild Card spot, but has still expressed a willingness to trade everyone but ace Sandy Alcantara, according to the Jon Heyman of the post. Pablo López headlines the group of players available as a reliable and cheap starting arm, but the club could also look to ship reliable bats Garrett Cooper, Brian Anderson and Jon Berti.
The Tigers entered the 2022 season with high hopes after signing the shortstop Javier Baez in the offseason for $140 million, but currently holds the third-worst record in the American League at 41-62. Michael Fulmer has performed well in his new bullpen role and could generate interest, along with fellow pitchers Michael Pineda, Andrew Chafin and Gregory Soto.
Players to watch
Juan Soto, Nationals
The 23-year-old phenom has been making waves in the league in recent weeks after rejecting a huge Offer of $440 million over 15 years from Washington. The padres emerged as the favorite to land generational talent, though the Cardinals, Rangers and Dodgers still remain in the hunt.
Josh Bell, Nationals
While most eyes in Washington will be on Soto, the Nationals will also be looking to treat Josh Bell to the right price. The 29-year-old currently boasts a .302/.385/.493 slant line and will be a free agent at the end of the season.
Wilson Contreras, Cubs
Contreras’ time in Chicago appears to be coming to an end, as the longtime Cub gave an emotional goodbye to the local Wrigley crowd earlier this week. The Mets and Giants both became favorites to land the hitter amid lackluster play from their catchers.
JD Martinez, Red Sox
If the Red Sox are looking to become sellers at the trade deadline, they could start by trading veteran JD Martinez, who has a .288 batting average and nine homers coming into play on Saturday. The 34-year-old will become a free agent after the 2022 season and could be a rental bat for several teams in need of DH help.
Shohei Ohtani, Angels
Los Angeles began to entertain possible deals for Ohtani, who joins Soto atop the list of top stars available. For now, though, it seems an Ohtani-Angels divorce remains unlikely.
Frankie Montas, athletics
With Luis Castillo’s recent departure to Seattle, Frankie Montas now ranks as arguably the best starter available on the market. The ace of A’s shot strong interest from the Yankeesthe cardinals also keeping an eye on him.