MLB Rumors: Yankees interested in Juan Soto’s trade; Angels receive calls on Shohei Ohtani

August. 2 The deadline for MLB trading is just 10 days, which means teams are trying to determine whether they are buying, selling or holding as this date approaches. Accordingly, this is also MLB rumor season, and we’re here to round up what’s out there. Now let’s move on to the buzz of Saturday.

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Deadline’s story will be Nationals star Juan Soto, whether or not he’s traded, and whether he’s where he ends up. To sum up, the 23-year-old has reportedly turned down a 15-year, $440 million extension offer from Washington, which means the Nats are now looking to trade him. They’ll likely wait until the season is over to do so, but it’s also possible that something will come before the approaching deadline.

Simply put, Soto is a generational hitter, still exceptionally young. This season Soto has the .250/.403/.494 (160 .) hitting streak OPS +) with 20 zombie walks and as many walks (79) hits (54) this season. He’s a career .292/.427/540 hitter (160 OPS+), making him among the greatest of all time.

Needless to say, Soto is coveted by any number of teams, and now you can count the East’s leading New York Yankees team among them:

Soto would be a fit for any team, and he would be particularly fit for the Yankees, who have struggled to get proper production from cornerback Joey Gallo. Needless to say, the Yankees, a team with enormous resources, can withstand any bad contracts the Citizens insist on being transferred (Patrick Corbyn, to be exact) and offer Soto a contract extension beyond what the Nats offered. They also have high odds of getting something done. Whether the Yankees will choose to make such commitments remains an open question, but the interest in trading Sotos – at least in theory – is there.

Other teams have reported interest in Soto including the Dodgers, Cardinals, Padres, Mets, and others.

Yanks is also looking forward to Benintende

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The Royals are moving Andrew Benintendi before the deadline, and since the Yankees need outside help he’s fit. As Mark Finsand reports, it’s a serious consideration in the Bronx:

Benintende, 28, hits .319/.389/.402 with three runs at home. This is a good production, especially in what has been a bearish year to attack, but it showed very little raw power. Assuming that the Benintendi would be a notable upgrade going forward for the Yankees depends on his ability to keep hitting well north of the .300. Even considering his swing changes, this is a risky bet because the hitting average is vulnerable to luck-driven outcomes.

Benintendi is eligible for free agency this upcoming season, so in the absence of an extension, it will be a “rental” acquisition.

Ohtani is attracting interest in the commercial market; Angels are not ready

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Angels star Shohei Ohtani, the best braking player in the MLS, provides excellent value both on the hill and on the board. He also occupies one place on the roster and is paid very little in comparison to his field value. This led to speculation that the chronically disappointed Angels would seek to trade him for a more relevant team. Ohtani would obviously be a huge lift for any roster in baseball, so any team would like to add him to the fold. As John Morosi reports, however, the angels don’t seem ready to take such a drastic step:

For years, the Angels couldn’t compete despite having Mike Trout on the roster, and in recent years it’s been the same with both Ohtani and Trout. The 2022 season was no exception, and Otani in particular noted that playing for a winning team is a personal priority. However, Ohtani doesn’t qualify for free agency until after the 2023 season, so he has little control over that. On the other hand, this extra season of control adds to Otani’s already enormous commercial value. On the other hand, there is no doubt that the Angels tend to keep him in the hope that they can finally make it up for the competition next season. If the above report is any clue, the Angels are leaning toward the status quo, at least until the end of the season.

Of course, it is also worth recognizing the obvious: everything is negotiations, and this may be an attitude on the part of the angels.

Mets add catching help

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The Mets made a minor move on Saturday as they acquired reserve catcher Michael Perez from the Pirates in exchange for cash considerations. Pirates, recently hired for the job, is a career .175/.244/.305 hitter across parts of five MLB seasons for Rays and Pirates. This is just an in-depth play for the Mets, who were once again with primary catcher James McCann (pervert). Perez turns 30 years old in August.

To make room on Perez’s 40-man roster, the Mets hired Travis Blankenhorn for the job.

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