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 agreement between MLB and the 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: brave, White socks, Guardians, Astros, Dodgers, Brewers, Twins, Dishes, Yankees, Phillies, Cardinals, padres, giants, sailors, Rays, Rangers, blue jays
- Sellers: Diamondbacks, Cubs, Reds, tigers, Royals, angels, marlins, Athletics, pirate, 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 moves have occurred so far?
Biggest Deadline trade to date saw the Mariners acquire a 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 it 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 American League East: André Benintendi make the connection with the Yankees and David Peralta join the spokes. 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 marquee names would be the Nationals outfielder Juan Sotowhich became available earlier this month after rejecting an offer for a $440 million 15-year extension.
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 suited to sign him based on their combination of big league prospects and young players.as well as their financial outlook and front office track record of 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.
4. And Ohtani?
The Angels would have listened to the offers of another young superstar in a two-way phenomenon Shohei Ohtanibut 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 players available based on our rankings that have not yet been traded or mentioned in this article:
- #3 Frankie MontasHPR, Athletics
- Number 4 Bryan ReynoldsDE, Pirates
- #5 Sean MurphyC, Athletics
- Number 6 Willson ContrerasC, Small
- No. 7 Ian HappDE, Small
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 that you will find much lower in our ranking 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 the likes of Jake Odorizzi and Jose Urquidy. On the outside, the Astros reportedly received calls about Jose Siriwho fell out of their timeshare on center field.
Astros expressed interest in Nationals receivers and first baseman Josh Bellbut it is not known whether the aforementioned players would be involved in these transactions.
8. Can the Braves conjure the magic of the 2021 deadline?
We’ll end by pointing out that the defending World Series champion Braves positioned themselves for the trophy last July when they acquired Jorge Soler, Eddie Rosario, Joc Pederson and Adam Duval in unannounced matters.
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.