with August. Just around the corner, the MLB 2 trade deadline, teams across the league will be looking to either acquire or partner with their star players next week. As trade discussions between clubs continue to rage, here’s a look at potential buyers, sellers and players to watch in the trading block:
Buyers trade deadlines
New York Yankees
Despite the acquisition of All-Star player Andrew Benintendi from the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday night, the Bronx Bombers can still look to add more talent. The club recently showed interest in having massive arms for their rotation and injury-ridden revolution – which took a hit after Michael King was injured – as bowlers. Frankie Montas, Pablo Lopez and David Robertson.
New York Mets
Yankees rivals will also be in the mix to add more talent in the coming days following the acquisition of DH Daniel Vogelbach from the Pirates, as well as defensive midfielder Tyler Naquin and LHP Phillip Diehl from the Reds. Catcher Wilson Contreras and DH Trey Mancini came as potential updates to the Amazins, who are also likely to be shopping for a lever.
With the Atlanta continuing to chase the Mets in the NL East, they will likely look to bolster their already strong squad with modest acquisitions, similar to the additions of Adam Duvall, Eddie Rosario and Jorge Soler at last year’s deadline. Potential enhancements could include more depth of tone and a better substitution at second base, which is currently held by Robinson Canoe Relief from injured Ozzie Albies.
The Astros are a strong candidate to win the AL West, but may feel the need to bolster their roster in order to secure a first round over the Yankees in the playoffs. Situations of need can include left-handed savior, spare catcher, and first man primary. Josh Bell has consistently emerged as a potential answer to replace struggling Houston First Team captain Yuli Gouriel, who has a .243/.293/.392 slash line this season.
Street. Louis Cardinals
Street. Luis sent shockwaves through the MLB last week when they were selected as the top potential runner to add Juan Soto by the rival teams. The club has a large number of young talents they can use to acquire other influential players – such as a ball piece or a circular arm to replace recently injured Steven Matz – if the mega-deal does not materialize.
The Mariners achieved one of their biggest early matches before the MLB trade deadline by trading Reds player Luis Castillo on Friday night. Although Seattle will likely refrain from making any bigger moves after dealing three of the top five odds (as ranked by MLB Pipeline) to Cincinnati versus Castillo, look for them to add another racket to their attack, which ranks 23rd in runs. .
The Nats boast one of superstar Juan Soto’s most coveted commercial targets, but it remains to be seen whether any team will be willing to meet the club’s astronomical asking price. Washington may also look to deal with first base officer Josh Bell, as well as offloading bad LHP Patrick Corbin’s contract in a deal with Soto.
Los Angeles Angels
Despite boasting two of the sport’s biggest superstars Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani, the reluctant Angels are under .500 after notching their worst league 19-46 since May 15. Keystone, but can be separated from other arms including Noah Sendergaard, Aaron Loeb, and Ryan Tibera.
Chicago is clearly in a rebuilding mode as they sit 19 games under .500 and 15.5 games behind the Milwaukee Brewers for first place at NL Central. The club will likely be willing to part with many of its massive stars, such as catcher Wilson Contreras, loyal David Robertson, left-winger Drew Smiley and third baseman Patrick Wisdom.
Boston Red Sox
The Red Sox entered July sitting 10 games above 0.500, but slipped back into the standings thanks to a miserable July. With their qualifying hopes fading quickly, the tottering club could look to tackle one of their strong bats in DH JD Martinez or catcher Cristian Vazquez. As for Boston’s cornerstone-cutting, players Raphael Devers and Xander Bogarts are likely to remain in place, with the latter confirming on Thursday that It will not be traded.
Miami sits on a handful of games from last place on the NL Wild Card, yet has expressed a willingness to trade with everyone but Sandy Alcantara, according to John Heyman Post. Pablo Lopez tops the range of players available as a reliable and inexpensive starting arm, but the club can also look to shipping out reliable bats Garrett Cooper, Brian Anderson and John Bertie.
The Tigers came into the 2022 season with high hopes after signing Javier Báez off the season for $140 million, but they currently hold the third-worst record in the MLS at 41-62. Michael Vollmer has done well in his new role at Bulls and could attract interest, along with fellow shooters Michael Pineda, Andrew Chavin and Gregory Soto.
players to watch
Juan Soto, Citizens
The 23-year-old phenomenon has been the talk of the league in recent weeks after he turned down a massive 15-year, $440 million offer from Washington. The Padres have emerged as the front-runners to win the talent of the generations, although the Cardinals, Rangers and Dodgers are still in the hunt.
Josh Bell, Nationals
While most eyes in Washington will be on Soto, the Nationals will also be looking to deal with Josh Bell at the right price. The 29-year-old currently owns a .302/.385/.493 slash and will be a free agent at the end of the season.
Wilson Contreras, Cubs
Contreras’ time in Chicago appears to be coming to an end, as the cub issued an emotional farewell to Wrigley’s fans earlier this week. The Mets and Giants both stepped up as Battari landing candidates amid lackluster play from their hunters.
JD Martinez, Red Sox
If the Red Sox are looking to become a seller by the trading deadline, they could start trading away from veteran JD Martinez, whose batting average of 0.2288 and nine home runs enter play on Saturday. The 34-year-old will become a free agent after the 2022 season and could be a rental racket for several teams that need help in the DH position.
Shohei Ohtani, the angels
Los Angeles has begun to entertain potential offers for Otani, who joins Soto at the top of the list of the best available stars. So far, however, it appears that Ohtani-Angels’ divorce remains unlikely.
Frankie Montas, athletics
With the recent departure of Luis Castillo to Seattle, Frankie Montas is now ranked as the best starter available on the market. I drew an ace Great interest from the YankeesPlus, the cardinals are watching him.