The 2022 MLB trade deadline is fast approaching, and teams are weighing their biggest needs before arriving at 6:00 p.m. ET on August 2.
Will the Washington Nationals make a blockbuster trade in Juan Soto? Could Shohei Ohtani transfer from the Los Angeles Angels? Could Luis Castillo and Willson Contreras be traded to rivals? And which of the New York Yankees, New York Mets, Los Angeles Dodgers and Houston Astros will give their all to boost their 2022 World Series hopes?
Whether your favorite club is looking to add or sell – or somewhere in between – here’s the latest we’re hearing, reaction to closed deals and what you need to know for each team as the trading season progresses.
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Are the Padres a Soto trade fit? One team keeps popping up between rival scouts and executives when considering potential fits for Juan Soto: the Padres. They have an immediate hole in their outfield, a desperate need for more offense, a clearly expressed desire to fight immediately, and, just as important, the kind of gutsy GM who can pull off those kinds of moves. Starting points for a Soto deal would likely be CJ Abrams and MacKenzie Gore.
But two potential issues remain for AJ Preller: 1. Does he have the organizational depth to add additional parts and beat a large pool of interested teams, especially after parting with so much of it to bolster rotation? 2. What about the money component, both the Padres’ alleged desire to scrap payroll to stay under the luxury tax threshold and the Nats’ potential desire to attach a bloated contract like Patrick Corbin’s? – Alden Gonzalez
Will Cardinals prioritize an ace over a trade for Soto? While the Cardinals could be mentioned as admirers of Juan Soto, they are focused on hitting the deadline. For the second year in a row, St. Louis is trying to add a starter or two. Would the Reds Luis Castillo trade within the division? Then St. Louis could be a good fit. – Jesse Rogers
Do the Dodgers have a big squirt in them – Soto or otherwise? In 2017 it was Yu Darvish. In 2018 it was Manny Machado. In 2021 it was Max Scherzer and Trea Turner. Does Andrew Friedman have another big step up his sleeve? The Dodgers have been identified as Juan Soto’s early admirers for obvious reasons — they have the potential capital and financial power not only to acquire Soto, but perhaps even to hold him down with a record-breaking overtime. That can’t be ruled out, but in all likelihood Friedman, uncomfortable with the slew of young talent he’s parted with in recent years, is making a number of moves down the ranks for his pitching team. The Dodgers have plenty of questions in both their rotation and their bullpen, but also plenty of Impact players making their way back (most notably Dustin May, Walker Buehler and Blake Treinen). Look for them to prioritize depth. They’ve shown for some time that they’re elite at stopping runs, even without top-notch pitching. – Alden Gonzalez
Possible candidates for Cubs All-Star Catcher: The Cubs’ Willson Contreras remains on course to be transferred by the Aug. 2 deadline. So far, the Cubs have not approached him with an offer for a contract extension. Possible candidates for the All-Star starter are the Rays, Guardians, and Mets. – Jesse Rogers
Will the angels Ohtani actually act or take steps to build around him? The big question surrounding the Angels over the next week or so: Will they really consider trade offers for Shohei Ohtani, a post-2023 free agent, or just sticking to the fringes to try (maybe one last) next to fight season? If it’s the latter approach, be aware that Angels GM Perry Minasian is aggressively chasing major league players who are controllable at least until next year; The Angels have plenty of holes in their 40-man roster and patching them all up in an off-season isn’t realistic. Barring a mid-season extension, Noah Syndergaard – solid if not dominant, on a one-year deal after a lengthy hiatus – is likely to be their most likely trade candidate, whatever their approach. – Alden Gonzalez
Why the White Sox are focused on bullpen aid: Setup man Kendall Graveman is on track to surpass his career high in appearances, while Joe Kelly has been fickle for the White Sox this season and Aaron Bummer has been injured. Given the general lack of bullpen options when attempting to climb the AL Central rankings, Chicago is looking to appointment help from both sides of the hill. – Jesse Rogers
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