MLB Trade Deadline: Statuses of Juan Soto, Shohei Ohtani; best buyers, sellers among things to know

Major League Baseball teams have just days left to finalize their summer shopping, as this year’s trade deadline moves to 6 p.m. ET on Tuesday, August 2. After this date, teams will not be able to execute any more deals until the offseason. .

The deadline usually runs July 31, but commissioner Rob Manfred won the option to set it any day between July 28 and August 3 as part of the new collective bargaining agreement between MLB and MLB Players. Association. This is, in short, why the deadline is August 2, a few days later than normal.

Regardless of Deadline, you might be wondering what the major storylines are heading into the final days of the trade season. CBS Sports has you covered below, with information and answers to eight frequently asked questions.

1. Who are the main buyers and sellers?

Our Dayn Perry recently ranked each of the 30 teams as buyers, sellers or something in between. While taking Perry seriously is always a risk, it’s a risk we choose to take. Here’s a look at the people he’s categorized as buyers or sellers (note that these teams are listed alphabetically by their city name):

  • Buyers: Braves, White Sox, Guardians, Astros, Dodgers, Brewers, Twins, Mets, Yankees, Phillies, Cardinals, Padres, Giants, Mariners, Rays, Rangers, Blue Jays.

  • Sellers: Diamondbacks, Cubs, Reds, Tigers, Royals, Angels, Marlins, Athletics, Pirates, Nationals.

Any team not listed above was considered something in between, meaning they could buy or sell, or they could stay loyal, depending on how the negotiations went.

2. What notable movements have occurred so far?

The biggest trade of the deadline to date saw the Mariners acquire right-hander Luis Castillo from the Reds in exchange for four prospects, including infielders Noelvi Marte and Edwin Arroyo. (You can read our in-depth analysis of this one here.)

Most of the other big dominoes haven’t dropped yet, which means the next tier of non-Castillo big trades include outfielders heading to the American League East: Andrew Benintendi joining the Yankees and David Peralta joining the Rays. Hey, we said there are plenty of other marquee names that could be moved sooner rather than later.

3. Will Soto be moved?

The biggest of those brand names would be Nationals outfielder Juan Soto, who became available earlier this month after rejecting a $440 million 15-year extension offer.

Soto is a 23-year-old player on a Hall of Fame track who is under the team’s control for two more seasons after this one, making him one of the most wanted trade targets in history. of the league. CBS Sports has identified the Cardinals as the team best positioned to sign him based on their mix of big league prospects and young players, as well as their financial outlook and front office history. similar transactions.

The Nationals would appear to be incentivized to move Soto before the deadline, as the franchise is expected to be purchased by new owners this offseason. It seems unlikely that the new owners want their first big move to come at the expense of the franchise.

If and when a Soto trade occurs, it should be noted that other teams’ executives fully expect veteran left-hander Patrick Corbin to be involved as financial ballast.

4. And Ohtani?

The Angels have reportedly listened to offers for another young superstar in two-way phenom Shohei Ohtani, but a trade seems far less likely than in Soto’s case.

Ohtani is under the control of the team for another season, but the situation is more complicated. Industry types who spoke to CBS Sports noted that owner Arte Moreno seems less inclined to greenlight a deal, and that the Angels will likely retain Ohtani and try to win again in 2023.

It would be safe to say that if Ohtani is to be traded, it will likely come this offseason — or, perhaps, the next deadline.

5. Who are the other top players?

Here are the top five available players based on our rankings who have not yet been traded or mentioned in this article:

  • No. 3 Frankie Montas, RHP, Athletics

  • No. 4 Bryan Reynolds, OF, Pirates

  • No. 5 Sean Murphy, C, Athletics

  • No. 6 Willson Contreras, C, Cubs

  • No. 7 Ian Happ, OF, Cubs

It should be noted that Reynolds seems unlikely to go there and that the Athletics could also decide to keep Murphy until the winter. The other three – Montas, Contreras and Happ – appear to have a better than 50/50 chance of being moved by Tuesday night.

6. Will the Yankees move Gallo?

A name you’ll find much lower in our rankings is Joey Gallo, the Yankees outfielder who has struggled since being acquired in a final trade deadline. Gallo is an imminent free agent and an increasingly homeless man on the New York roster.

Naturally, this combination has fueled speculation that Gallo could be on the verge of disappearing, with the Padres and Rangers, among others, standing out as potential destinations.

Gallo is one of the most intriguing players on Deadline worth watching, if only because of the possibility that he could revert to his old form by walking away from New York.

7. Can the Astros deal deep?

It’s not often you see a clear division favorite trade players from the big league roster, but the Astros were rumored to be weighing deals that would send in a starting pitcher and possibly an outfielder.

The Astros currently have a six-pitch rotation that includes players like Jake Odorizzi and Jose Urquidy. On the outside, the Astros reportedly got calls from Jose Siri, who fell out of their timeshare on center field.

The Astros have expressed interest in Nationals receivers and first baseman Josh Bell, but it’s unclear if the aforementioned players would be involved in those deals.

8. Can the Braves conjure the magic of the 2021 deadline?

We’ll conclude by pointing out that the Braves, the defending World Series champions, positioned themselves to win the trophy last July when they acquired Jorge Soler, Eddie Rosario, Joc Pederson and Adam Duvall in unannounced deals.

Will the Braves be able to perform similar miracles over the next few days?

The Braves will likely be looking for another bat, likely the right-handed variety. Likewise, you can count on them to check in on the pitching market, both for starters and for relievers, as is customary for contenders.

We’ll see whether or not the Braves can position themselves better for a repeat soon enough.

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