Major League Baseball teams have less than 12 hours to complete their summer shopping. This year’s MLB trade deadline closes on Tuesday, August 2 at 6pm ET. After that, teams can no longer make deals until the offseason.
The deadline usually ends on July 31, but commissioner Rob Manfred gained the ability to set it any day between July 28 and August 3 as part of the new collective bargaining agreement between MLB and the MLB Players Association. In short, the deadline is on Aug. 2, a few days later than usual.
Whenever the deadline rolls around, you’re probably wondering what the best storylines will be in the final days of the trade season. CBS Sports has provided information and answers to eight frequently asked questions below.
1. Who are the best buyers and sellers?
Our Dan Perry recently categorized each of the 30 teams as buyers, sellers or something in between. While taking Berry seriously is always a risk, we’re willing to take it. Check out who he classified as buyers or sellers (note that the teams are listed alphabetically by their city name):
- Buyers: The brave ones, White socks, Guardians, Astros, Cheaters, Brewers, Twins, met, Yankees, Phillies, Cardinals, Padres, Giants, Marines, Rays, Rangers, Blue Jays
- Sellers: Vairamuthu, Cubs, Red, Tigers, Royals, Angels, Marlins, Athletic, Pirates, nationals
Any team not listed above was considered in-between, meaning they could buy or sell or stand by depending on how the negotiations developed.
2. What significant moves have taken place so far?
The Mariners shook things up Friday by acquiring right-hander Luis Castillo from the Reds in exchange for four prospects, including infielders Noelvy Marte and Edwin Arroyo. (You can read our in-depth analysis on it here.)
Things were relatively quiet until Monday when several major moves took place. The Yankees acquired Frankie Montas and Lou Trivino from the A’s, and the Astros added slugger Trey Mancini from Baltimore. But the most surprising move of the deadline came when the Padres and Brewers struck a deal to send All-Star closer Josh Hader to San Diego..
3. Will Soto be moved?
The biggest of those marquee names was Nationals outfielder Juan Soto, who was available earlier this month after turning down a 15-year, $440 million extension offer.
Soto is a 23-year-old on a Hall-of-Fame track, and he remains under team control for two more seasons after this one, making him one of the most coveted trade targets in league history. CBS Sports identified the Cardinals as the most suitable team to land him based on their mix of prospects and young big league players.as well as their financial outlook and their front office’s history of making similar trades.
The Nationals appear motivated to move Soto before the deadline, as the franchise is expected to be acquired by new owners this offseason. It’s unlikely that incoming franchisees will want to trade their first big move from the owner’s face.
It’s worth noting that executives, along with other teams, fully expect veteran left-hander Patrick Corbin if a Soto trade happens. Engage in financial stabilization.
4. What about Ohtani?
The Angels have reportedly heard offers for another young superstar, two-way phenom Shohei Ohtani, but a trade seems far less likely than in Soto’s case.
Ohtani is under team control for one more season, and the situation is still very complicated. Industry insiders who spoke with CBS Sports indicated that owner Arte Moreno does not want to greenlight a deal, and the Angels will presumably try to hold on to Ohtani and try to win again in 2023.
5. Who are the other best players out there?
Here are the top four players basically available Our rankings that are not already traded or mentioned in this section:
We note that Reynolds is unlikely to go, and the Athletics may decide to hold on to Murphy until the winter. The other two — Contreras and Happ — look better than a 50/50 shot at being moved into Tuesday night.
6. Will the Yankees move Gallo?
Joey Gallo, the name you’ll likely see less often on our rankings, is a Yankees outfielder who has struggled since being acquired in a trade last deadline. Gallo is an impending free agent and a man without a home on New York’s roster.
Naturally, that combination fueled speculation that Gallo could be on his way out, with the Padres and Rangers, among others, standing out as possible destinations.
Gallo is one of the most intriguing players of the deadline to watch, if only because of the possibility that he could recapture his old form with a move away from New York.
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