Quick Bit: With the Aug. 2 MLB trade deadline approaching, The Sporting News is tracking the buzz around players who are likely to be moved.
The MLB trade deadline is Tuesday, Aug. 2, which means the stove is hot and deals are cooking.
While talk around the league is about where Juan Soto could end up, there are plenty of other names and teams to pay attention to. Luis Castillo and Frankie Montas already have been dealt, while other players, such as J.D. Martinez, could be on the move on the final day.
Teams looking to make a playoff push will try to land the player(s) that will get them there, while teams that are not in the hunt will try to restock their respective farm systems and acquire prospects.
The Sporting News is following the latest buzz around the MLB rumor mill.
Aug. 2 – Deadline Day
Padres best bet to land Juan Soto … and maybe another Nat
The biggest name on deadline day remains Juan Soto, with the Padres, Dodgers and Cardinals believed to be the teams in contention to land the young Nationals megastar. Barry Svrluga of the Washington Post reports a “growing sense” that the Padres are the most likely to get a deal done. And it might not just be Soto making the coast-to-coast move. Svrluga says Nationals first baseman Josh Bell may be included in a potential deal as well.
Reds’ Tyler Mahle drawing trade interest
Most of the top starting pitchers thought to be available (Luis Castillo, Frankie Montas, Jose Quintana) already have new homes, but a few more rotation pieces figure to be hot commodities on deadline day. Reds right-hander Tyler Mahle is one of them, and Jon Heyman reports the Twins and Phillies are among those interested in the 27-year-old.
Syndergaard a target for the Jays, Braves, Phillies, per reports
Thor could be coming to a ballpark near you.
Noah Syndergaard has been a solid, if unspectacular, pickup for the Angels. But because the Angels are the Angels, he could be on the move.
Per MLB Network’s Jon Morosi, Syndergaard trade talks are intensifying, with the Blue Jays, Braves and Phillies all in the mix to get the behemoth of a pitcher.
Syndergaard has began to look more like himself in the past few months. After a spotty May where he gave up over five earned runs per game, Thor has notched back-to-back months with an ERA under 3.68.
He still throws gas. He still gets batters out. And he’s looking likely to be moved by the end of the day Tuesday.
Braves staying aggressive at the deadline, acquire OF Grossman and pitcher Odorizzi in deals with Tigers, Astros
The defending World Series champions aren’t resting on their laurels. With the Mets sitting at the top of the NL East, Atlanta is moving aggressively at the deadline.
According to The Athletic’s Cody Stavenhagen, the Braves reeled in Tigers OF Robbie Grossman. Atlanta sent prospect pitcher Kris Anglin in the other direction to make the move work.
Grossman has had a less than ideal season, hitting just .205 in a little over 300 at-bats. However, at his best, Grossman can work counts and get on base with the best of them — his walk rate 14.6 percent last year put him in the 99th percentile among MLB batters, according to Baseball Savant.
That wasn’t all for the Braves, though. Per ESPN’s Jeff Passan, they also acquired RHP Jake Odorizzi from the Astros, sending reliever Will Smith to Minute Maid Park. Odorizzi was fairly proficient with the ‘Stros, putting up a 3.75 ERA and 3.62 FIP in 12 starts. He figures to slot into an already impressive rotation that features Max Fried, Kyle Wright, Ian Anderson and Charlie Morton.
Matt Bush headed to Milwaukee
A few hours after sending Josh Hader to San Diego, the Brewers got to retooling their bullpen. Rangers’ pitcher Matt Bush is headed to American Family Field, according to FanSided’s Robert Murray.
Infielder Mark Mathias will head the other way.
Astros GM: ‘We’re not done’
It seems Houston plans to be active in the trade market. After acquiring Trey Mancini from the Orioles and Christian Vazquez from the Red Sox, general manager James Click told reporters that the Astros are far from finished acquiring talent.
Tarik Skubal expected to stay with Tigers, will teams move for Reds’ Tyler Mahle?
Detroit starter Tarik Skubal had long been discussed as one of the more viable trade options for pitching desperate teams. However, according to the Detroit Free Press’ Evan Petzold, Skubal won’t be on the move.
The reason why? Left arm fatigue. Skubal left Detroit’s clash with Minnesota after feeling some weariness in his left arm.
Per USA Today’s Bob Nightingale, that could mean teams move for Reds’ starter Tyler Mahle. As proven in the Tommy Pham trade, Cincy seems willing to sell if the price is right. Barring a late deal for Giants’ star Carlos Rodon, it would appear Mahle is the best pitcher left in the trade market.
St. Louis strengthened its rotation late Monday night, adding southpaw Jose Quintana from divisional rivals Pittsburgh.
Quintana has a 3.50 ERA in 20 starts this year and has sneakily been one of the better left-handed pitchers in baseball.
The Cards sent young pitcher Johan Oviedo and No. 9 prospect Malcom Nunez to the Pirates in exchange for Quintana.
Houston gave up infielder Enmanuel Valdez and outfielder Wilyer Abreu to acquire Vazquez.
Valdez and Abreu were the No. 28 and No. 29 prospects in the ‘Stros organization, respectively.
Royals, D-Backs agree to swap Emmanuel Rivera, Luke Weaver
In one of the more under-the-radar moves of trade deadline eve, the Royals dealt third baseman Emmanuel Rivera to the Diamondbacks. In return, Kansas City is bringing back right-handed pitcher Luke Weaver.
Rivera has been performing at about league average quality at the hot corner for much of the season. Meanwhile, Weaver was a key prospect in the deal that brought Paul Goldschmidt to St. Louis. Save for an impressive 12-game stretch in 2019, Weaver hasn’t really done much of anything in his major league career.
His ERA of 7.71 is unappealing. But the peripherals suggest there is still something to like about Weaver; he has a FIP of 2.69 in 12 games.
Either way, the Royals will likely not be good regardless.
Boston also landed serial slapper Tommy Pham from the Reds, sending back a prospect to be named later. Pham hasn’t been brilliant this season, but hits the ball hard, walks a lot and has been fairly solid against left-handed pitching.
It’s hard to see what Boston’s directive is now, though. Are they blowing it up or retooling for a postseason run? It’s anyone’s guess…
Red Sox deal Christian Vazquez, bring in replacement catcher from White Sox
The Red Sox parted ways with longtime backstop Christian Vazquez, sending him to the Astros, per multiple reports. Although the return they received hasn’t yet been revealed, Boston wasted little time finding another option at catcher, sending reliever Jake Diekman to the White Sox in exchange for Reese McGuire. McGuire, a former top-15 pick, has an OPS below .600 in 166 plate appearances this year.
Full Trey Mancini details
Per Jeff Passan, Mancini going to the Astros was a three-team affair. The Astros received Mancini and Jayden McMurray; the Orioles got No. 6 Rays prospect Seth Johnson and No. 12 Astros prospect Chayce McDermott; and the Rays landed centerfielder Jose Siri.
In another seemingly inevitable move, Trey Mancini has been traded from the Orioles. The power-hitting first baseman has been dealt to the Houston Astros for an unspecified return, per Dan Connolly.
The Yankees knew they had to do something at this deadline, and they already missed out on Luis Castillo. They responded by getting arguably the 1b to Castillo’s 1a on the starter market, trading away Ken Waldichuck, JP Sears, Cooper Bowman, and Luis Medina to the Athletics for Frankie Montas.
New York also bolstered its bullpen a bit after acquiring Scott Elfross earlier, picking up Lou Trivino in the deal. The numbers haven’t borne out well for Trivino this year, but he’s a decent risk for the Yankees to take on.
Dodgers move pitcher Garrett Cleavinger to Rays for young outfielder
The Dodgers made a space-clearing move Monday, trading left-handed reliever Garrett Cleavinger to the Rays for 18-year-old outfielder German Tapia.
Tapia is currently hitting over .300 in his second season on the Rays’ Dominican Summer League team, whereas Cleavinger has struggled in MLB but has pitched very well in Triple-A. The Rays will try to get some consistency out of him moving forward.
The Milwaukee Brewers are moving on from Josh Hader after a tough July. They’re dealing the All Star closer to the Padres for Taylor Rogers, Robert Gasser, Esteury Ruiz, and Dinelson Lamet.
The deal is interesting, as it doesn’t give the Brewers any of the Padres’ top prospects for a top-flight closer who will be a free agent after 2023. But it does give them some serious prospects in the Padres organization and another strong closer alongside Devin Williams, who has been outstanding.
Angels holding onto Shohei Ohtani
The Angels are not going to move Shohei Ohtani at this year’s deadline, according to Jon Heyman. Among the teams to make an offer were the New York Yankees, but ultimately it seems no one could match the Angels’ requests.
Yankees add reliever Scott Effross to bolster bullpen
The Yankees didn’t exactly make a splash with the deadline acquisition of Scott Effross, but they did bolster a bullpen that needed help. Despite a 1-4 record, Effross has an ERA+ of 158 in 44 innings with a 2.66 ERA. He’s been a good part of the Cubs bullpen, he’s young, and he has a lot of upside. While not the massive pickup Yankees fans want, he’s a solid pitcher with good stuff.
Juan Soto trade saga may spill into offseason
The rumor mill is at a halt as the league tries to figure out what in the world it will take to acquire Soto. It seems like every team’s top prospects are tied up in Soto negotiations, and Pat Ragazzo reported executives are now “pessimistic” about Soot being moved before the deadline. Once that domino falls, we’ll likely see a flurry of activity as teams try to fill gaps.
Braves acquire an infielder, DFA Robinson Cano
The Braves made a quiet move on Monday, but the real addition is by subtraction. They traded outfielder Trey Harris for Nationals infielder Ehire Adrianza. Adrianza joining the roster allowed Atlanta to DFA Robinson Cano, who was essentially a warm body at second base for the Braves in his brief tenure there. It’s hard to imagine Adrianza will be the last move they make.
Phillies looking to add a centerfielder
It shouldn’t surprise anyone looking at Odubel Herrera’s play this season that the Phillies are shopping for centerfielders. According to Jon Heyman, Ramon Laureano would be the top option but he may not be moved at all, while Jackie Bradley Jr. and Michael A. Bradley are also in play.
Three teams still in on Soto; Washington may keep star
According to Jim Bowden, the Padres, Cardinals and Dodgers remain in the hunt for Juan Soto as the deadline nears. USA Today’s Bob Nightengale adds that Washington may opt to keep Soto through the end of the 2022 season if the price isn’t met.
Soto is under team control through 2024, so Washington might not feel urgency to move on from their biggest star in the meantime.
Reds’ Brandon Drury drawing serious interest around the league
A good utility man can make a world of a difference for teams competing for playoff contention. And there aren’t many better utility men in MLB than the Reds’ Brandon Drury.
According to Jon Morosi, the Reds’ do-it-all third baseman is getting some serious looks from around the league, with the Dodgers, Braves and Mariners all reportedly checking in on what it would take to get him.
Drury has an OPS+ of 129 and has been one of the few bright spots in the mess that has been Cincinnati’s 2022 season. With a salary of just $900K, Drury can provide a lot of value at the plate while not fudging up the checkbook too much.
For many teams, that’s too good to pass up.
Willson Contreras ‘ready for this to be over’
It seems the weight of recent trade rumors is getting to Willson Contreras. The Cubs’ backstop told reporters that he felt that Sunday’s game — a 4-0 loss to the Giants — felt like his last game with the franchise.
The Cubs have an off day before taking on the Cards in a three-game series. It seems highly unlikely that Contreras will be on Chicago’s roster by then.
Soto unlikely to join Yankees
The Yanks’ seemed one of the top candidates to acquire Juan Soto after news broke indicating the Nationals were shopping him around. Per Jon Heyman, that’s not the case though.
There is “no traction” in trade talks between the Pinstripers and Nats, according to Heyman. It seems if Soto does end up on another team, it won’t be the Yankees, no matter how much the organization desires him.
Teams trying to acquire JD Martinez will have to throw the kitchen sink at Boston
JD Martinez is one of the game’s best designated hitters. With the Red Sox sitting at the bottom of the AL East, he could be on the market. However, for any team looking to bring in the 34-year old, it’s going to cost multiple assets.
Per Sports Illustrated’s Pat Ragazzo, Martinez will cost teams at least one top prospect, an MLB player and additional assets in the form of money or another player.
Boston doesn’t quite seem ready to blow it up just yet, unless they get a wild beneficial deal for them.
A’s, Guardians engaged in talks regarding a potential deal for Sean Murphy
One name flying under the radar in trade deadline talks is Oakland backstop Sean Murphy. Murphy, 27, doesn’t seem to quite fit Oakland’s timeline given their commitment to selling off all their assets.
And apparently, Murphy has received some interest from Cleveland, who hope to add an offensive upgrade behind the plate. Per The Athletic’s Zack Meisel, Terry Francona’s squad has contacted the Athletics about their catcher.
Austin Hedges is hitting just .176, while Murphy has a 113 OP+. You can certainly see why.
Nonetheless, with a contract running until 2025, it makes sense why Cleveland is targeting Murphy. One to watch for for sure in the coming few hours.
Bryan Reynolds expected to stay with the Pirates
It seems the Bucs are keeping hold of Bryan Reynolds for the foreseeable future. Jon Heyman reported that Reynolds appears slated to stay in the black-and-gold until the season ends.
With another year of team control, Reynolds was one of the top candidates to be dealt at the deadline. The Yankees reportedly had heavy interest in the Pirates centerfielder, who finished 11th in NL MVP voting last year. However, he looks to be a part of Pittsburgh’s future for at least a little while longer.
Brewers ‘seem willing to listen to offers’ for Josh Hader
One unexpected name that made the rounds on Sunday ahead of the trade deadline; Brewers’ closer Josh Hader. Per Jon Heyman, multiple teams have called Milwaukee testing the waters on a potential deal for Hader.
Heyman did add that there was “no indication” that the Brewers were actively shopping around Hader. However, after a strong start to the season, Milwaukee’s All-Star has struggled in the past month, posting a 12.54 ERA, perhaps pushing the Brewers’ brass to look for a potential upgrade. Only time will tell, though.
Yankees, Blue Jays and Cardinals all interested in A’s ace Frankie Montas
Frankie Montas, the best starter left on the market after Luis Castillo was traded to the Mariners, is being eyed by three teams, per Jon Morosi: The Yankees, Blue Jays and Cardinals.
Montas has another year of team control, adding another benefit to any deal done.
Padres willing to discuss Abrams, Hassell, Morej?n in potential Soto deal
The Padres are stepping up their pursuit for Nats’ star Juan Soto. According to MLB Network’s Jon Morosi, the Friars may be willing to part ways with talented youngsters C.J. Abrams, Robert Hassell III and Adrian Morejon in a deal for Soto.
Abrams and Morejon are members of the big league squad despite being just 21 and 23 years old, respectively. Hassell, meanwhile, is the No. 20 prospect in baseball, according to MLB Pipeline.
Red Sox taking offers for vets not including Bogaerts
It has been a torrid season for the Red Sox, who sit at the bottom of the AL East. That means changes may be likely, according to NY Post’s Jon Heyman.
Nathan Eovaldi, J.D. Martinez and Christian Vasquez would be among the highest-profile names that Boston could move. One player who will not be moving, though, is Xander Bogaerts. The Aruban is putting together another monster season, hitting .315/.389/.458. Bogaerts does have an opt-out clause in his deal after the season, though.
Giants willing to sell veterans, including Pederson and Rodon
According to NY Post’s Jon Heyman, the Giants are open to dealing some of their veterans.
It’s been a largely frustrating season for San Francisco, who sit two games under .500 — a world away from their 107-win season in 2021.
The Giants have a pair of coveted assets in ace Carlos Rodon and slugger Joc Pederson. Rodon has earned back-to-back All-Star appearances, while Pederson has an .811 OPS in 87 games. With a playoff push looking unlikely, it’ll be interesting to see what kind of return San Fran is looking for.
Mets hesitant to deal for Contreras; Padres, Rays, and Astros also in play
The New York Mets need help behind the plate, and per Jon Heyman, they’re seeking it in the form of Cubs catcher Willson Contreras. Eppler, however, is reportedly hesitant to give up what it would take to get Contreras. The Astros and Rays are also in play with a similar need, with the Padres confusingly also in the mix.
Padres, Cardinals perceived frontrunners to land Juan Soto
As we march toward Tuesday, the biggest question being asked is what in the world is going to happen with Juan Soto. According to Ken Rosenthal, the Padres and Cardinals are the frontrunners to land the superstar outfielder. According to Rosenthal, A.J. Preller in particular may be willing to give up whatever it takes to land Soto.
Rays acquire OF David Peralta from Diamondbacks for catching prospect
The Tampa Bay Rays made a move Saturday, picking up outfielder David Peralta from the Diamondbacks in order to help them on the offensive side of the ball in the absence of Harold Ramirez and Wander Franco. They gave up catching prospect Christian Cerda in the move,
Dodgers acquire P Chris Martin from Cubs for utility man Zach McKinstry
In another smaller move, the Dodgers are getting Cubs pitcher Chris Martin for utility man Zach McKinstry.
Martin, who was signed this season as a potential deadline trade piece, has appeared in 34 games this season and posted an ERA of 4.31. McKinstry, meanwhile, is a quad-A type who hasn’t panned out as previous utility men in Dodger Blue. He’ll offer flexibility for the Cubs on defense, but his bat isn’t going to be turning a lot of heads.
Phillies trade LHP JoJo Romero to Cardinals for IF Edmundo Sosa
The Phillies are adhering to the old adage “defense wins championships, trading for stellar infielder Edmundo Sosa. They’re sending pitcher JoJo Romero to the Cardinals in the deal, who has appeared in 25 career games and has an ERA of 13.5 in two appearances this season.
Rockies sign Daniel Bard to two-year extension, take him off-market
Grand opening, grand closing. Bard is now off the market, with the Rockies reportedly agreeing to a two-year extension worth $19 million with the 37-year-old closer.
David Bednar of the Pirates is now the most likely target for closer-needy teams.
Colorado Rockies unlikely to deal C.J. Cron or Daniel Bard
Who are the Colorado Rockies? It’s unlikely even they know. Reportedly, the Rockies won’t be dealing first baseman C.J. Cron or closer Daniel Bard. With the Kris Bryant signing not giving great early returns and Colorado last in the NL West, one might think they’d be interested in selling. But they don’t seem interested in giving up their two most valuable assets, according to The Athletic’s Nick Groke.
Mariners acquire ace RHP Luis Castillo from Reds
Seattle grabs the top starter on the market, but at a heavy cost. It sends high-end prospects Noelvi Marte, Edwin Arroyo and Levi Stoudt, plus minor league right-hander Andrew Moore, to Cincinnati.
Athletics, Brewers discussing deal involving CF Ramon Laureano
The Oakland Athletics and Milwaukee Brewers are reportedly discussing a deal involving veteran centerfielder Ramon Laureano. Right now, Milwaukee is using Tyrone Taylor and Jonathan Davis in center day to day, so Laureano would provide some consistency in center. Laureano is currently hitting .224 with an OPS of .701 for the A’s.
Phillies in on Guardians starting pitcher Zach Plesac, others as well
The Philadelphia Phillies are expressing interest in Guardians starting pitcher Zach Plesac, according to Jon Heyman. They’re undoubtedly, however, hardly the only ones. Plenty of other teams are also looking for starting pitching, and with only one Luis Castillo and one Frankie Montas, Plesac is firmly on a tier with Jose Quintana and Chad Kuhl as a nice-to-have option.
Who’s in and who’s out on Juan Soto?
Bob Nightengale reported there are four teams with competitive Juan Soto offers heading into the weekend: The Mariners, Dodgers, Padres, and Cardinals. All of these teams are in a place to make a playoff push this season and they all have incredibly deep farm systems, so it could be a case of “makes sense.” But never rule out a dark horse team to come in and offer something crazy.
Astros, Dodgers in on Marlins 1B Garrett Cooper
Interestingly, the Astros and Dodgers are among the teams who have called about Marlins 1B Garrett Cooper. From reports, it sounded like the Astros were making a strong push for Josh Bell, so either those talks sputtered or they’re doing due diligence. The Dodgers, of course, have Freddie Freeman at first, so they’re looking for a DH option. According to Ari Alexander, the Marlins are reticent to deal Cooper.
Shohei Ohtani: ‘Right now, I’m an Angel’
The Angels superstar told reporters after his 11-strikeout mound performance Thursday night that winning each day’s game is always the priority, whether that’s in LA or somewhere else. “I’m with the Angels right now, and I’m very thankful for what they’ve done. I love my team and my teammates. Right now, I’m an Angel, and that’s all I can focus on at this point,” he said through his interpreter, Ippei Mizuhara (per MLB.com’s Rhett Bollinger).
Xander Bogaerts says Red Sox have told him he won’t be traded
Bogaerts made that disclosure Thursday, telling reporters (including Jason Mastrodonato of the Boston Herald) he has been assured by the front office that he won’t be dealt at the deadline. The shortstop can opt out of his six-year. $120 million contract at the end of the season.
Mets make trade for left-handed-hitting outfielder, left-handed reliever
The Mets added a couple depth pieces for a playoff run, adding outfielder Tyler Naquin and reliever Phillip Diehl from the Reds in exchange for two minor-leaguers: right-handed pitcher Jose Acuna and second baseman Hector Rodriguez.
Angels ‘listening on everyone’ except Mike Trout, and they have their ears covered on Shohei Ohtani
The Los Angeles Angels aren’t in postseason contention, but they don’t want to punt on their core just yet. Although Jon Heyman and Joel Sherman of the New York Post report they’re “listening on everyone,” they’re likely not dealing their two most valuable players. Mike Trout is borderline immovable and Shohei Ohtani talks aren’t getting much, if any, traction.
Yankees not ‘currently at the forefront’ of Juan Soto talks
According to Jon Heyman, the Yankees made their move for Andrew Benintendi because they aren’t in the best position to land Soto. The Padres, Cardinals, Dodgers, and Rangers all have prospects who fit the Nationals better, and may also have MLB talent they can reasonably throw in.
Daniel Bard drawing significant interest
Rockies closer Daniel Bard is shaping up to be a popular closer band-aid, from Mark Feisand. He may or may not be dealt, but the Rockies are apparently listening to offers.
AL Central teams looking to shore up pitching
The Guardians, Twins, and White Sox are all among the most active teams in the pitching market, according to Mark Feisand. All of them have a competitive shot at the AL Central this season.
Luis Castillo still likely to be moved, some execs think Reds may hold on
ESPN’s Buster Olney said the Reds are still progressing in trade talks with Luis Castillo, but some people think the Reds may choose to hang onto him. Although that’s unlikely, never say never.
Padres frontrunners to land Soto
According to Buster Olney, as of Thursday morning the Padres are the frontrunners in the eyes of some executives to land Juan Soto.What that package would look like is unclear, but the Padres have the prospects (and potentially MLB talent) to get a deal done.
Cardinals putting on press in Juan Soto talks
The Cardinals reportedly don’t want to trade both Jordan Walker and Masyn Winn for Juan Soto, so Nolan Gorman’s name is beginning to come up in talks, according to Jeff Jones. The Cardinals were considered frontrunners for Soto, but in addition, Patrick Corbin and his bad contract keep bubbling up, despite Nationals GM Mike Rizzo saying they wouldn’t diminish Soto’s trade value by attaching a “bad contract” (e.g. Corbin) to the deal.
Yankees acquire OF Andrew Benintendi for pitching prospects
The Yankees traded pitching prospects Chandler Champlain, Beck Way, and T.J. Sikkema to the Royals for outfielder Andrew Benintendi, per YES’s Jack Curry. They check off one item on their deadline list, but still need to offload Joey Gallo and add an arm. While this doesn’t necessarily preclude them from the Juan Soto race (they didn’t give up any of the prospects they’d need to get that deal done), it does likely square them away in management’s eyes.
Guardians open to dealing controlled starters in their rotation
It’s business as usual in Cleveland. ESPN’s Jeff Passan reports names like Zach Plesac and Aaron Civale, two controllable pitchers on the big league roster, are being shopped. He added Shane Bieber also has a finger on the block, but the price would be immense.
Yankees, White Sox in on Jose Quintana
Among the teams with interest in Pirates pitcher Jose Quintana are the Yankees and the White Sox, according to Fansided’s Robert Murray. The latter team traded Quintana to Pittsburgh in order to acquire Eloy Jimenez, but needs an arm once again. The Yankees, meanwhile, likely view Quintana as a “pull in case of emergency” chute if they can’t land one of the marquee arms on the market.
Mets have inquired about Shohei Ohtani
Mets GM Billy Eppler has inquired with the Angels about the availability of Shohei Ohtani, according to Jim Bowden of CBS Sports. Ohtani, of course, would likely command a Soto-esque (at least) return. Eppler was the GM of the Angels when Ohtani signed in Los Angeles.
Nationals’ Soto demands ‘asinine and ridiculous’
ESPN’s Jeff Passan reports the Nationals aren’t making much headway in Juan Soto talks because of their “asinine and ridiculous” demands in return. Soto, a 23-year-old superstar, was always going to command a huge return, but right now, it seems as if the Nationals’ asking price is wildly unreasonable.
Red Sox open to dealing J.D. Martinez
The Red Sox are coming off a disastrous weekend, and they look like they’re at least entertaining selling at the deadline. J.D. Martinez is primed to become a free agent after this season, and ESPN’s Buster Olney reports Boston is at least open to the possibility of trading him at the deadline. Martinez is batting over .300 on the season, and any contender would welcome him as a right-handed-hitting addition to the order.
Tigers willing to trade Tarik Skubal
The Tigers appear to be in sell mode to a degree no one anticipated. Per Ken Rosenthal’s sources, struggling Detroit has made left-hander Tarik Skubal and “just about everyone” available at the deadline, indicating the team’s offseason optimism was short-lived.
Ian Happ likely to depart Cubs by deadline
Ian Happ is looking likely to move at the deadline. According to Jeff Passan, “almost everyone” is in on the outfielder, and it looks “likely” the Cubs will move him.
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