Quick Bit: Juan Soto highlights a group of potentially playoff-shifting talents. Here’s who else could be on the move.

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The 2022 MLB trade deadline could give new life to plenty of MLB squads.

Highlighted by Juan Soto, this year’s group of players potentially on the move offers no shortage of bats and arms to help shift division races in favor. But more than years past, the 2022 MLB trade deadline will be an experiment worth watching.

With the number of postseason teams expanded to 12, it’s going to be worth watching how teams handle the deadline. Some front offices may see themselves as in contention for a wild-card spot and not have to make any moves, while others will likely use out-of-contention teams to bolster their odds at October baseball.

And much like most experiments, the MLB trade deadline this year is all about the control: A number of stars on the market feature controllable contracts, meaning fewer rentals than you’d usually see.

However it works out, it’ll be worth watching. Here’s when

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When is the 2022 MLB trade deadline?

Date: Tuesday, Aug. 2
Time: 6 p.m. ET

This year’s trade deadline is a bit later than the usual, both in date and time: Teams have until 6 p.m. ET on Aug. 2 to file paperwork to the league’s office to complete trades. This is a bit later than the typical July 31 date.

The new Collective Bargaining Agreement that ended the spring training lockout gives the commissioner the authority to set the trade deadline each year “on a date between July 28th and August 3rd” and MLB opted for the back end of that range this year, as July 31 falls on a Sunday.

MLB trade deadline 2022 potential targets

There are a number of players who could be on the move over the coming weeks. Here’s who highlights the group:

Juan Soto, Nationals: With Washington and Soto seemingly not working toward a contract extension, reports indicate that the superstar outfielder could be on his way out of the nation’s capital sooner rather than later. Any inquiring team would likely be on the hook for a new mega-deal, somewhere in the area of $500 million.

Luis Castillo, Reds: Years of trade rumors surrounding the ace of the Reds staff may finally come to a head in the coming weeks. The 29-year-old is in the middle of one of his best seasons, pitching to a 2.77 ERA in the first half. What’s particularly intriguing about Castillo is that he has one more year of team control, meaning he won’t be a rental for inquiring front offices.

Willson Contreras, Cubs: One of the last big pieces of the 2016 World Series champion Cubs, Contreras has expressed desire to stay with Chicago, but it doesn’t seem like Chicago wants to give him a big-money extension. If nothing else, Contreras could be a rental for a competing squad and re-engage the Cubs in contract talks following the year.

Andrew Benintendi, Royals: Any team looking for a shot of offense could turn to Benintendi this summer. The 27-year-old is in the middle of one of his better offensive seasons, hitting .317 with 14 doubles and three home runs. While the homer power might not be there, having a contact-heavy lefty bat can only help an offense.

Frankie Montas, Athletics: The A’s have a few pieces left to move if they’re shifting into another rebuild, and that starts with Montas. The right-hander is putting together another very good season, pitching to a 3.26 ERA (3.30 FIP) while striking out just under nine per nine innings. Montas is under team control through 2023.

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