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    The San Diego Padres made the best trade at the deadline, but there’s no guarantee they make the postseason. The San Diego Padres made a huge trade at the deadline, but it hasn’t been enough to help them secure a spot in the playoffs. After landing the most sought-after player and 2022 Home Run Derby champion, Juan Soto, the Padres have only won one game with him. Despite trading for one of the best hitters in all of baseball, San Diego hasn’t scored in 23 innings. The Padres haven’t scored in 23 innings — MLB Errors (@mlberrors) August 9, 2022 The Pads are in for a rude awakening if they miss the bare minimum of their expectations.Padres missing the playoffs this season would be a huge chokeSan Diego gave up several top prospects and young players in a trade package big enough for the Washington Nationals to deal away their best player. To put Soto’s worth in perspective, the Nationals offered the 23-year-old a 15-year $440 million extension, which would’ve been the largest contract in MLB history. The Padres...
    Next1 of 6Prev postUse your ← → (arrows) to browse The Chicago Cubs fall down in this week’s MLB Power Rankings after a questionable trade deadline strategy. (Photo by Joe Puetz/Getty Images) Almost a week after the trade deadline, some of the best teams in the MLB Power Rankings are looking stronger than ever. There were huge changes in the MLB Power Rankings after last week’s trade deadline. The San Diego Padres took a jump while some others fell a little further behind. It was a largely speculative reaction. Juan Soto hadn’t even played a game yet for the Padres and many were declaring them big winners of the day. With some games under the belts of those new players, we now have a few days to actually assess where clubs may have hit or missed. There are still nearly two months of regular season baseball left to play. So if you find your team sinking in the MLB Power Rankings, there is time to turn things around. At the start of the first week after baseball’s white elephant gift...
    Post-deadline Shohei Ohtani trade rumors show what the real stance by the Los Angeles Angels was over the last few weeks. Over the last two weeks, Shohei Ohtani trade rumors helped headline a lot of the MLB trade deadline chatter. As it turns out, the first plane the Wright Brothers put together had more of a chance to take off than a deal for Ohtani. According to Jon Heyman of the NY Post, Los Angeles Angels owner didn’t want to hear any of it. His superstar pitcher/slugger was untouchable this summer. While some teams may have made legitimate offers to make, they were never going to be able to pull him away from the Angels. Owner Arte Moreno had his front office answer the phones but with no intention of ever actually trading Ohtani away. We got the tease with no payoff.Shohei Ohtani trade rumors never had wingsThe fact that Ohtani was ever on the trade block came as a surprise for many. It was partly spawned by the Washington Nationals putting Juan Soto on the block. The difference was...
    Next1 of 3Prev postUse your ← → (arrows) to browse Many of the Chicago Cubs rumor before the MLB trade deadline failed to come true and the Northsiders are getting roasted. (Photo by Nuccio DiNuzzo/Getty Images) The MLB trade deadline featured plenty of Chicago Cubs rumors yet fans were left feeling disappointed in the end. You might need a third hand to count all of the Chicago Cubs rumors from the last few weeks. Viewed as one of the biggest trade deadline sellers, they didn’t quite live up to the expectations at the MLB trade deadline. The Cubs may have come away as one of the bigger trade deadline losers this past week. By not making enough of those Cubs rumors come true, fans on the north side of Chicago are feeling a little less satisfied today. So where did the Cubs go wrong most? These three trade deadline mistakes are the reason why one could make the argument that Chicago spent too much time twiddling their thumbs over the last 72+ hours. 1) Cubs rumors: Not trading Willson Contreras...
    The trade deadline has come and gone, and with it MLB teams’ final chance to fine-tune their rosters for the play-offs. Confirmation of the biggest deal of this summer - and perhaps any other - came at 4pm Eastern when the San Diego Padres announced the arrival of superstar outfielder Juan Soto from the Washington Nationals, adding Josh Bell too in a deal that saw five players go the other way and will have huge ramifications for the future of multiple franchises. Here, Sportsmail picks the league’s winners and losers from a frenetic trade deadline. The San Diego Padres confirmed the biggest deal of this summer with Juan Soto - here, Sportsmail picks the league’s winners and losers from a frenetic trade deadline RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Jacob DeGrom returns to Mets with five innings and six... Swappin' San Diego! Padres go BIG at MLB's trade deadline by... Philadelphia Phillies add pitching with Los Angeles Angels... New York Yankees outcast Joey Gallo 'bound for the Los... Share this article...
    Next1 of 5Prev postUse your ← → (arrows) to browse The updated MLB Power Rankings after the trade deadline. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images) The MLB Power Rankings look a lot different one day after the MLB trade deadline. How can one day drastically change the MLB Power Rankings? Well, if that day is the MLB trade deadline, you might understand. Rosters look a lot different right now than they did 24 hours ago. Some teams look like they belong in the minor leagues. Others are more championship-ready than ever before. Power doesn’t shift this much on any other day of the year—at least in the baseball world. Although we need to take the standings into consideration as well, the MLB Power Rankings look different than they did even two mornings ago.10) MLB Power Rankings: Seattle MarinersAfter the Luis Castillo trade, things quieted down for the Seattle Mariners. This is a ball club that either wisely or not so smartly put a lot of trust in their young players to step up this season. Their huge winning streak last month...
    Outfielder Ian Happ expressed his feelings after not getting traded by the Chicago Cubs with a GIF from the Wolf of Wall Street. The Chicago Cubs were expected to move on from two big players at this year’s MLB trade deadline — Willson Contreras and Ian Happ. The two embraced in the team’s final home game before the trade deadline, with a trade seemingly looming. Instead, both players ended up staying with the team. Happ, let’s just saw, was ecstatic that he did not get dealt to a new team. If you needed any proof, take a look at the GIF that he used from the film The Wolf of Wall Street. pic.twitter.com/5lp9jfqm7Q — Ian Happ (@ihapp_1) August 2, 2022 Ian Happ expresses feelings after not being traded by Cubs “I’m not leaving. The show goes on!” That is probably what Happ was saying to himself when he sent out this tweet with the GIF of Leonardo DiCaprio screaming into a microphone while playing Jordan Belfort in the critically acclaimed 2013 film. Happ did have a fair share of suitors...
    Next1 of 3Prev postUse your ← → (arrows) to browse 2022 MLB Trade Deadline: Winners and losers from this year’s deadline madness After the action took a little while to get going, the floodgates burst and the transactions have been coming in one after another after another ever since. Some of baseball’s biggest names are now switching uniforms including Juan Soto, Trey Mancini, Tyler Mahle, Luis Castillo, Josh Hader, Whit Merrifield, Noah Syndergaard, Raisel Iglesias, Brandon Drury, David Peralta, Michael Fulmer, Harrison Bader, Jorge López, José Quintana, Christian Vázquez and Frankie Montas. Lost in the shuffle was the absolutely gigantic contract extension the Braves signed Austin Riley to as well as utilityman Jonathan Villar finding a new home in Seattle. While a slew of big names were on the move at this year’s deadline, there were also some players who surprisingly stayed put when it was widely expected that they would indeed be on the move. This includes Willson Contreras, David Bednar, Carlos Rodón, Ian Happ, Madison Bumgarner, Jordan Lyles, J.D. Martinez, Nate Eovaldi, Michael A. Taylor, Scott Barlow and Pablo...
    The Chicago Cubs had two of the hottest trade deadline targets available in Willson Contreras and Ian Happ. They traded neither of them by the 6:00 p.m. ET deadline on Aug. 2. The Chicago Cubs were obvious sellers entering the trade deadline, and the expectation was that catcher Willson Contreras and outfielder Ian Happ would be on the move. Contreras is an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season, while Happ is under contract for one more year. The two shared an emotional moment in their final home game before the deadline. After all of that, the Cubs did not move either player. The team had a high asking price for both players at the deadline, and no interested team took a bite on the offer, making them perhaps the biggest losers of the deadline.Twitter shades Cubs after losing MLB trade deadlineTwitter users, from media members to fans, were left dumbfounded that the Cubs did not make any moves. Some cited the 2021 Colorado Rockies, who opted against trading any of their star players. Others shared a similar...
    The Philadelphia Phillies have bolstered their bullpen for the upcoming playoff by acquiring veteran reliever David Robertson from the Chicago Cubs.   The Phillies secured the 37-year-old with a little over two hours remaining in Tuesday's trade window, via ESPN's baseball insider Jeff Passan. Chicago got a pitcher in return from Philadelphia, acquiring Ben Brown, who will now join the struggling 41-60 Cubs.  Robertson is no stranger to the City of Brotherly Love, after signing a two-year, $23 million contract with the Phillies in 2019. However, he underwent elbow surgery in 2020 and was released.  The Philadelphia Phillies have bolstered their bullpen for the upcoming playoff by acquiring veteran reliever David Robertson from the Chicago Cubs Fortunately for Philadelphia, Robertson has risen toward his former heights this season in somewhat of a renaissance year. The former Alabama star has given up a measly 23 hits across 40 and a 1/3 innings.  In addition, he has accumulated a 2.23 ERA and 14 saves despite Chicago's struggles.  Philadelphia are in a much stronger position in the National League than the Cubs and currently...
    San Diego Padres are putting their foot on the gas in their pursuit of Washington Nationals star Juan Soto. It's MLB trade deadline day with clubs desperate to pull off deals as they bid to improve their playoffs push. And the Padres have emerged as the frontrunners to land sought-after Soto Tuesday, according to The Washington Post. San Diego Padres are putting foot on the gas in their pursuit of Juan Soto (L) and Josh Bell (R)  RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Countdown to MLB's trade deadline: Clubs 'rush to put... Juan Soto homers in his potential Nationals swansong after... MLB's arms race: Brewers deal closer Josh Hader to the... Jacob deGrom hands the New York Mets a huge boost ahead of... Share this article Share The report claims that they are also after Nationals' first baseman Josh Bell as well before the trade window slams shut at 6pm. While the New York Post report that Padres are showing huge intent for both players with 'aggressive' efforts. Soto homered in...
    Lefty pitcher Tarik Skubal’s time as a tradeable asset may be at an end for the Tigers on the eve of the trade deadline thanks to an injury. Detroit’s plans to listen to trade offers for Tarik Skubal were likely derailed by his aborted start on Monday night, the day before the MLB trade deadline. The pitcher had to be pulled from the game against the Twins after five scoreless innings of work. Detroit later announced he was dealing with left arm fatigue. Is that the most Tigers’ development ever? Probably. Tarik Skubal injury could flip trade market on its headSkubal has been the subject of trade rumors as the Tigers look to offload a bunch of players after a disappointing first half of the season. He’s been Detroit’s top pitcher this year with an ERA of 3.67. And at just 25 years old, he’d carry great value to teams looking to add a promising young pitcher on minimum salary who is under contract through 2026 and ineligible for arbitration until 2024. The severity of Skubal’s problem is irrelevant with...
    SAN FRANCISCO — With the Dodgers in town to ring in Tuesday’s trade deadline, not only do they hold a 17½-game advantage over the Giants in the NL West, one team is firmly in the middle of the Juan Soto sweepstakes and one is viewed as no more than an ancillary player. The same can be said for any possible mover at this year’s deadline. Sure, the Giants themselves could be sellers in some form, but they also lack the organizational depth to make an impact addition such as Soto without mortgaging their future if they were to go the other direction. After all, they entered Monday night still only 4.0 games out of the wild card, despite a 14-24 record since June 18. Beyond the $100 million that separates the two teams’ payrolls, the Dodgers have set themselves apart with a farm system that regularly produces major-league talent. The whirring Los Angeles machine has given them a wealth of resources to supplement the major-league roster and to deal from come deadline time. Before becoming the Giants’ president of baseball...
    The Juan Soto trade rumors just won’t stop. Now, there’s a surprising dark horse team that has entered the race for the amazingly talented Juan Soto. MLB Insider JP Morosi has reported that you shouldn’t sleep on the San Francisco Giants acquiring Juan Soto. They are apparently making a very late push for him. We had all thought the Giants were going to sell Carlos Rodon, Joc Pederson, and others at the deadline. Perhaps that might not be the case. The Giants aren’t far back from the Wild Card standings. There’s plenty of time for them to make a late push. If they acquired Juan Soto, they would immediately jump into playoff contention with a bat that could launch endless home runs into McCovey Cove.Could the Giants acquire Juan Soto?The Giants have the prospects to trade for Juan Soto too. Their young left-handed pitcher Kyle Harrison is seen as a player with No.1 potential. Outfielder Luis Matos and SS Marco Luciano would be excellent prospects to include too. Another big part of why they might be trying to acquire Soto,...
    It’s that time of the baseball year, MLB Trade SZN; keep up with the latest deals in our MLB Trade Deadline tracker. While the All-Star Break is technically the midway point of the baseball season, the second half of the year doesn’t truly get started until the MLB Trade Deadline passes. This year we had to wait a little longer for it to pass, as the winter lockout caused a delayed start to the year and pushed a few things back. But it’s a mere 48 hours that have been tacked on, and with that extra time comes some extra wiggle room for teams hoping to make a change that ends up mattering. How it ends up mattering is where roads diverge. Some teams, like the Yankees and Padres, are trying to make moves that hopefully result in a World Series. That’s the Fool’s Gold of every deadline buyer, as the rules are the same as they are in Highlander — there can only be one World Series winner. That means the rest of the teams trying to make moves will do so...
    Everything the baseball fan needs to know about the MLB trade deadline. The dog days of summer take a break in the middle of the baseball season when the MLB trade deadline arrives. The trade deadline usually takes place only a few weeks after the All-Star Break. It’s a time when the best teams add to their roster and the worst clubs look toward the future. The MLB trade deadline has only grown in popularity in recent years. Exactly what is it and what makes it so important?When is the MLB trade deadline?The MLB trade deadline does change its date each year. Prior to 2022, it was typically locked in to take place on July 31. However, with the new collective bargaining agreement, it will now move around each year and take place in the last week of July or the first week of August. In 2022, the MLB trade deadline takes place on August 2.What time do trades end?Trades can be announced after, but all trades must be finalized by 6pm on August 2. Most years, a few pieces...
    In what may be the first of several major trades involving top-level relievers, the San Diego Padres have reportedly acquired Milwaukee Brewers closer Josh Hader for four players ahead of Tuesday's deadline. Padres spokespeople did not immediately respond to DailyMail.com's request for confirmation. The price for Hader, a four-time All-Star, wasn't cheap: Veteran closer Taylor Rogers, pitching prospect Robert Gasser, outfielder Esteury Ruiz and right-hander Dinelson Lamet are all headed to Milwaukee. In what may be the first of several major trades involving top-level relievers, the San Diego Padres have reportedly acquired Milwaukee Brewers closer Josh Hader (pictured) for four players ahead of Tuesday's deadline The price for Hader, a four-time All-Star, wasn't cheap: Veteran closer Taylor Rogers (pictured), pitching prospect Robert Gasser, outfielder Esteury Ruiz and right-hander Dinelson Lamet are all headed to Milwaukee One potential downside to the deal for San Diego is Hader's contract situation. The 28-year-old southpaw is eligible for arbitration next season after earning $11 million for the 2022 campaign. Unless San Diego is prepared to re-sign Hader, he might just be a rental for...
    Next1 of 3Prev postUse your ← → (arrows) to browse Josh Hader has come up in recent MLB rumors and these teams should make a phone call to the Milwaukee Brewers as a response. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images) These three teams should make the MLB rumors come true and make a phone call to the Milwaukee Brewers for Josh Hader. One of the bigger and more surprising MLB rumors right now is coming from the Milwaukee Brewers. They may not be so inclined to trade reliever Josh Hader but they are reportedly listening to offers for him. It’s rare to see a team focused on contending actually take some offers seriously for a player who could be a big contributor for them. However, Hader, who leads the National League with 29 saves, hasn’t been quite as excellent of late. The stacked Milwaukee bullpen already has Devin Williams as an obvious closer alternative. To help maybe add some offense to a team that hasn’t hit much this season and was eliminated in the first round in last year’s playoffs for...
    Next1 of 6Prev postUse your ← → (arrows) to browse The Washington Nationals have what looks like a permanent spot at the bottom of the MLB Power Rankings. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images) August has arrived, the trade deadline is near, and the MLB Power Rankings tell the story of which teams are showing the most strength. The MLB trade deadline has been the biggest talking point in sports over the last week with teams already wheeling and dealing. However, it’s the standings that ultimately matter the most. The MLB Power Rankings might not exactly match what the standings look like but they can indicate the direction teams are trending in. Last week’s MLB Power Rankings were the first after the All-Star Break. We saw some major shakeups at the top with three powerhouse clubs swapping a couple of spots. Will this week’s MLB Power Rankings tell a similar story? For at least this week, it’s important to include what teams have already done and will look to continue to add before the Tuesday trade deadline.30) MLB Power Rankings: Washington...
    Juan Soto can not wait for the MLB trade deadline to pass, so he gets a better idea of what his future will hold. The headliner of the MLB trade deadline is Washington Nationals outfielder Juan Soto. After turning down a 15-year, $440 million contract offer, the Nationals began taking offers from interested teams, but let them know that they have a high asking price to willingly move the 23-year-old outfielder. But with the Aug. 2 deadline approaching, it will remain to be seen if a team will be willing to give the Nationals what they are asking for. Following Washington’s game against the St. Louis Cardinals on July 31, Soto said that he can not wait for the trade deadline to pass so he can get a better idea of what his future will hold. As he said in LA, Juan Soto told reporters this evening that he’s ready for Tuesday night to be here so he knows his future one way or the other. Said it will feel like a fresh start either here or somewhere else. —...
    PHOENIX (AP) — This is always a stressful time of year for Major League Baseball’s 30 general managers, who are evaluating talent, juggling financial implications and trying to figure out ways to make their teams better as Tuesday’s trade deadline approaches. Now there’s another factor in the wheeling-and-dealing calculus — COVID-19 vaccination status. “It’s certainly one of the things that’s new that you didn’t have to think about,” Pirates GM Ben Cherington said. “I think every team obviously wants to feel that the full complement of their roster is available to play, but we’re in a new world and there’s personal choices.” Those personal choices matter because MLB’s COVID-19 rules affect all 30 teams differently. Arizona Diamondbacks GM Mike Hazen said the vaccine status of players was affecting trade talks “to some degree” but didn’t believe it would be a deciding factor in many deals, particularly for teams that don’t have to travel to Canada in the near future. Hazen added that vaccine status is part of a player’s medical file, so there shouldn’t be any secrets, since teams...
    According to MLB Network’s Jon Morosi, Oakland Athletics pitcher Frankie Montas’ ‘market is focused on’ these three teams. Luis Castillo was the first big starting pitcher to move ahead of the Aug. 2 trade deadline, as he was sent to the Seattle Mariners by the Cincinnati Reds. That leaves teams looking towards the Oakland Athletics, who have another of the top starting pitchers available in Frankie Montas. With days remaining until trades can no longer be made, there are seemingly three finalists for the right-hander. According to MLB Network’s Jon Morosi, Montas’ “trade market is focused on” the New York Yankees, St. Louis Cardinals, and Toronto Blue Jays. The Frankie Montas trade market is focused on the Blue Jays, Yankees, and Cardinals, sources say. Montas, who has thrown 8 innings since returning from the IL earlier this month, is not scheduled to pitch again before Tuesdays 6 pm ET deadline. @MLB @MLBNetwork @Sportsnet — Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) July 31, 2022 Frankie Montas sweepstakes seemingly down to Yankees, Cardinals, and Blue Jays The Yankees have had Montas on their radar...
    The MLB trade deadline is going exactly how the Atlanta Braves could have dreamed of with this one team reportedly being sellers. There have been two huge dominoes to fall ahead of the MLB trade deadline. The first was outfielder Andrew Benintendi, who was traded to the New York Yankees. Then, perhaps the biggest move thus far, the Seattle Mariners acquiring starting pitcher Luis Castillo from the Cincinnati Reds in a deal that sent them three of their top five prospects. Now, with the deadline taking place on Aug. 2, teams have made their decisions on whether they are buyers or sellers. According to Jon Heyman of the New York Post, the San Francisco Giants are “now listening on their veterans.” The two names that the MLB insider points out are starting pitcher Carlos Rodon and outfielder Joc Pederson. #SFGiants also now listening on their veterans. Carlos Rodon and Joc Pederson are among obvious candidates if they do sell. Rodon has an opt out and Pederson is free after the year. — Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) July 30, 2022 The...
    ESPN senior MLB insider Jeff Passan gives his odds of Juan Soto getting traded and what would prevent it from happening. The MLB trade deadline is this upcoming Tuesday, Aug. 2, and the main focus will be whether the Washington Nationals will actually move on from star outfielder Juan Soto. That all came to be after a 15-year, $440 million contract offer was declined by Soto. During an appearance on “The Dan Patrick Show,” ESPN senior MLB insider Jeff Passan was asked the odds he would give the Nationals trading Soto before the deadline. Passan said 80-20 odds but says that if Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo “continues to stick to the ask that he’s put out to teams,” he feels that Soto stays put. You can listen to Passan’s comments in the tweet below, which also includes the YouTube link to the full interview. "If he [Mike Rizzo] continues to stick to the ask that hes put out to teams up until this point, Im not sure Juan Soto is going anywhere. Hes been asking for 125% of Juan...
    The New York Yankees are looking for starting pitching at the trade deadline, and have one player at the top of their priority list. The first major domino of the 2022 MLB trade deadline fell courtesy of the New York Yankees, as they acquired Kansas City Royals outfielder Andrew Benintendi in exchange for three minor league pitchers. Given that they did not surrender any of their Top 15 prospects in the deal, they are likely far from done. The next area of concern is the starting pitching, and they seem to have a priority list. In MLB insider Jon Heyman’s latest New York Post article, he writes that the Yankees have “cast a wide net for starters” and notes that they are in on Frankie Montas of the Oakland Athletics. Heyman continues, however, saying that Luis Castillo of the Cincinnati Reds “seems to be their first choice.”Yankees have Luis Castillo ranked over Frankie Montas in trade deadline target rankingsBesides those two, Heyman lists Noah Syndergaard of the Los Angeles Angels as their third option, and Jose Quintana of the Pittsburgh...
    MLB rumors continue to swirl leading up to the trade deadline and one possible deal between the New York Mets and Boston Red Sox makes perfect sense. Given their spot atop the NL East, the New York Mets figure to be active at the MLB Trade Deadline by most prognostications, most likely adding another big bat and trying to find stability at catcher as their biggest priorities (though not the only ones). The question is which players they’ll walk away with once the Aug. 2 deadline passes. One potential trade partner often floated around is the Boston Red Sox, an MLB Trade Deadline curiosity in their own right. It seems as if no one knows for sure if the club will be buyers or sellers at the deadline, which adds to the complications of trying to work out potential deals involving Boston. However, if they are willing to sell, there’s one deal being floated around that would work out extremely well for both the Mets and the Red Sox.MLB Rumors: Red Sox sending J.D. Martinez, Christian Vazquez to Mets would...
    After insisting Shohei Ohtani was not up for a trade, the Los Angeles Angels have reversed course and are taking calls on the superstar. It has not been a good week for fans of the Los Angeles Angels. First came the news that Mike Trout has a rare back condition that could impact the rest of his career. Then Jon Heyman and Joel Sherman of the New York Post dropped a report saying the Angels are listening to trade offers for “everyone” including superstar Shohei Ohtani. While that doesn’t make an Ohtani trade particularly likely, it could be a siren call to teams currently pursuing Nationals star Juan Soto. MLB rumors: Angels now listening to calls about Shohei OhtaniThe NY Post report stated the “Angels are telling teams they need to listen on everyone following the surprise collapse of their team off a very strong start that had them in first place in May.” A deal involving a generational talent like Ohtani would require “a massive haul back (plus ownership approval).” Getting both with just a few days left before...
    Next1 of 3Prev postUse your ← → (arrows) to browse PHOENIX, AZ – JULY 22: Juan Soto #22 of the Washington Nationals smiles in the dugout before the MLB game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on July 22, 2022 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Mike Christy/Getty Images) All other 29 MLB teams that don’t have Washington Nationals outfielder Juan Soto. Since he could be traded before the trade deadline, each team should be preparing their best offers for him. If Juan Soto is traded by the Washington Nationals at the trade deadline, the possible return would be one of the biggest in MLB history, let alone at the trade deadline. There is only one week until the trade deadline and only one week for the Nationals to decide whether to trade him ASAP or decide on when to trade him later or extend him. Either way, trading Soto would transcend the future of the Nationals for a decade so they have to hit a home run on their return. Here are the best Juan Soto trade packages from...
    The Braves still sit second in the NL East and Ronald Acuña Jr.’s struggles could be a big reason the team needs to be aggressive at the trade deadline. Firmly entrenched in the National League playoff race, the are only 1.5 games out of first place in the NL East and seem sure to head to the postseason to defend last year’s World Series triumph. But to try to get back to the Fall Classic, they could use some reinforcements for a number of reasons. This past weekend’s season-ending injury for outfielder Adam Duvall is certainly part of the equation. While the emergence of rookie Michael Harris II does soften the blow, that does increase the urgency to make a move before the Aug. 2 MLB Trade Deadline. However, one of the team’s stars also plays into any need to be aggressive at the trade deadline. Specifically, the lackluster play of outfielder Ronald Acuña Jr. as of late adds to the urgency that the team should be showing at to make a splashy trade.Braves: Ronald Acuña Jr.’s struggles heighten trade...
    Next1 of 6Prev postUse your ← → (arrows) to browse We are mere days away from a major event on the MLB calendar that we’ve all surely circled in red: the MLB trade deadline. This year, the trade deadline is actually a couple of days later than normal, falling at 6 p.m. ET on Aug. 2 rather than its normal home at the end of July. But that’s OK with us. It just means a couple more days to talk about what should happen as we approach one of the most exciting days of the year. To help sort out what to keep an eye for at this year’s trade deadline, we’ve assembled a collection of FanSided.com editors and team experts to give us their best takes. A roll call of the characters before we get to the questions and answers: Mark Powell, MLB editor at FanSided.com Cody Williams, editor at FanSided.com Robert Murray, FanSided’s MLB Insider and editor at Redbird Rants Thomas Carannante, Sports Director and editor at Yanks Go Yard and Dodgers Way Adam Weinrib, Sports Director and...
    Next1 of 6Prev postUse your ← → (arrows) to browse This week’s MLB Power Rankings include some major changes at the top. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images) This week’s MLB Power Rankings include major changes at the top with a brand new number one team showing the most muscle. The second half has started and teams are looking to put their woes from the first few months behind them. Some have gotten off to strong starts. Others are already seeing their spot in the MLB Power Rankings tank. The MLB trade deadline is an opportunity for clubs to solidify themselves as some of the best teams in the game. We have about ten obvious sellers. Then there are more than a dozen definite buyers. Finally, there are a handful of teams whose fate might be decided in the next week. Expect plenty of trades, even more rumors, and a lot of angry reactions from fans who didn’t get what they wanted for Christmas in July at the trade deadline. Just ahead of the final full week before the MLB...
    The August 2 trade deadline may be looming, but Oakland A’s players and staff said they’re strictly focused on playing ball. Before Sunday’s game against the Texas Rangers, manager Mark Kotsay said he has not discussed the trade deadline with players in the clubhouse. “It’s probably in the back of some of these guys’ minds when they see their name mentioned daily,” Kotsay said. “But the main thing we talk about is ‘Let’s prepare to win today and not worry about tomorrow.’” Veteran shortstop Elvis Andrus has hit safely in his last six games and can help the A’s sweep the series against his club of 12 years on Sunday. Andrus mentioned that because he can’t control whether or not he is traded or retained, he isn’t worrying about any potential moves. “I understand my situation is different from a lot of guys here, and I might have a chance to get traded somewhere else,” Andrus said. “But I’m just trying to think about today’s game, and you know, if it happens, it happens. For now I’m going to try...
    The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal revealed what exactly the Washington Nationals are asking teams for star outfielder Juan Soto. The MLB trade deadline is on Aug. 2, and the baseball world has its eyes set on the nation’s capital. The Washington Nationals and outfielder Juan Soto have failed to agree on a contract extension, with the latest offer being for $440 million over 15 years. There have been a variety of reports indicating that there are a number of teams that are interested in acquiring Soto. Well, those teams will have to give up a lot. According to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal, the Nationals are looking for “four to five top youngsters,” which is a combination of prospects and major leaguers with low service time. Whats the Nationals asking price for Juan Soto? @Ken_Rosenthal reports that it will take 4 to 5 top young players (combo of prospects and major leaguers with low service time) to potentially land the superstar pic.twitter.com/fefj20gO7P — FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) July 23, 2022 As I said on @FS1, multiple clubs saying Nats’ ask for...
    The Nationals made a minor roster move on Friday that would seem to indicate that a Juan Soto trade is coming before the MLB trade deadline.  Most MLB fans have already accepted that Juan Soto is going to be traded, likely sooner rather than later — namely before the Aug. 2 trade deadline. Yet, there are still reports that the Washington Nationals could wait until this offseason in order to make sure they get the deal they want. However, if their roster moves in late July are any indication, the franchise is already bracing for a Soto trade. On Friday, MLB insider Jon Heyman reported that the Nats had signed veteran outfielder David Dahl, who most recently spent time with the Texas Rangers. And as Heyman noted, this could be to fill an impending hole in the outfield that a Soto trade would create. Nats agree to deal with OF David Dahl. No one really qualifies as Soto insurance but interesting they added a veteran outfielder now. — Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) July 22, 2022 Juan Soto rumors: Nationals signing David...
    Next1 of 3Prev postUse your ← → (arrows) to browse ANAHEIM, CA – JUNE 20: Andrew Benintendi #16 of the Kansas City Royals celebrates his two-run home run with Whit Merrifield #15 in the first inning the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on June 20, 2022 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images) There are more than 80 All-Stars in 2022 and in a few weeks, a few of them could be traded to another team, if these MLB rumors are to be believed. Tuesday is the day that more than 80 All-Stars will be honored at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. Many of them will showcase their talents in the All-Star Game on Tuesday night but just two weeks after that is the MLB Trade Deadline. A few of those All-Stars that will be representing their team could be jumping ship to another team in the near future. Here are 5 MLB All-Stars that are most likely to be traded before the trade deadline this year.MLB rumors: Kansas City Royals, OF, Andrew BenintendiThe Kansas City...
    Next1 of 3Prev postUse your ← → (arrows) to browse There are New York Yankees rumors about them needing a starting pitcher and Luis Castillo is the one to go out and get. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) These three MLB All-Stars could be the solution to the New York Yankees rumors regarding their greatest trade deadline needs. The MLB All-Star Game is about more than the best players in the league coming together. Routinely, it’s a scouting opportunity for the best teams in baseball. Nobody has been better than the New York Yankees this year. This year’s All-Star rosters include a couple of nice fits for what the Yankees should be looking to add at this year’s trade deadline. There are already Yankees rumors linking them to multiple All-Stars. Expect even more to get added to the list. Starting pitching, an outfield upgrade, and maybe even a bullpen piece? They’re all on Brian Cashman’s agenda and heavily discussed in recent Yankees rumors. Both the American League and National League All-Star rosters offer the Yankees what they could use. However, the...
    Next1 of 5Prev postUse your ← → (arrows) to browse Despite recent success from the Baltimore Orioles, Trey Mancini is one of the better players available at the 2022 MLB trade deadline. MLB Power Rankings (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images) The MLB trade deadline is approaching and these are the top ten players both in talent and availability. Here are the MLB Power Rankings: Mid-July means turning our attention directly on the MLB trade deadline. It’s a holiday celebrated every summer by the teams in contention. It can be a horror show for the clubs whose reality puts them in a position to sell. This year’s MLB trade deadline will take place on Tuesday, August 2, giving clubs a full weekend and a few extra hours into the early part of the week to strike a deal. The frenzy should be interesting considering there are three wild card spots. Will some teams cling to false hope?MLB Power Rankings: Best players availableJudging the players on a mix of talent, availability, and how many suitors they could have, these are the top...
    The Chicago Cubs could be set up for another fire sale at the trade deadline — their second straight year trading away talent. While it will be less dramatic than last year’s deadline, in which the Cubs traded away franchise stalwarts like Kyle Schwarber, Anthony Rizzo, Kris Bryant and Javy Baez, there are more moves to be made this year. Willson Contreras and Kyle Hendricks, two of the remaining players from the Cubs’ 2016 World Series team, could very well be on the move along with David Robertson and Ian Happ. Chicago isn’t quite embracing a rebuild as clearly as other teams, but the retooling is well underway. Cubs trade deadline is sure to be a busy oneWhile some players refuse to be as open, reliever Rafael Ortega discussed the conflicting feeling of being on the trade block: “I don’t just play for my team,” Ortega said, via The Athletic. “I also play for the other (29) teams that are looking and have scouts who are observing. If another team might be interested in me, it would be an honor...
    According to MLB Network’s Jon Morosi, the Cincinnati Reds and Los Angeles Dodgers have had trade discussions about pitcher Luis Castillo. Entering the 2022 MLB season, one name that was already linked as a potential trade deadline target was Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Luis Castillo. With the team showing that they were not looking to contend in 2022 based off their offseason decisions, that made Castillo an easy option. But with the Aug. 2 deadline just weeks away, there is a new suitor for the right-hander. According to MLB Networks’ Jon Morosi, the Reds have had preliminary trade conversations with the Los Angeles Dodgers regarding Castillo. Sources: #Dodgers and #Reds have had preliminary trade conversations about RHP Luis Castillo. Many clubs are showing interest in Castillo, of course. Long way to go before Aug. 2 trade deadline, but Dodgers are definitely involved. @MLBNetwork @MLB — Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) July 11, 2022 Dodgers have preliminary talks with Reds regarding Luis Castillo trade The Dodgers being in on a top trade deadline target? Insert “pretends to be shocked” GIF right here. Los...
    The St. Louis Cardinals are viewed by rival executives as the favorite to land Oakland Athletics ace Frankie Montas at the trade deadline. Montas has been available since the offseason, but the A’s held out in hopes of receiving a larger prospect package at the deadline. That was a wise move by Oakland, especially with the number of starting pitchers injured around baseball. Look no further than the Cardinals, who are without Jack Flaherty and lack the necessary depth to fill that void over the long haul. ESPN MLB Insider Buster Olney reported that ‘rival executives’ believe the Montas-Cards link is very real, and trending in the right direction. The Cardinals are viewed by some rival execs as a favorite to get Oaklands Frankie Montas, because they have the most acute need — and because itd be tough for them to land Castillo or Mahle from the division-rival Reds. — Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) July 2, 2022 Olney does make a good point, in that it’ll be far tougher for the Cardinals to land the likes of Luis Castillo or...
    This week’s Baseball Insiders Podcast focused on the MLB rumors at the trade deadline, which is a little over a month away. FanSided’s Mark Carman and Robert Murray sat down on Tuesday’s Baseball Insiders Podcast to discuss all things baseball. With the MLB trade deadline a little over a month away, you can be sure the overwhelming majority of the conversation centered around that, despite a question about Freddie Freeman firing his agent. The discussion was so in-depth that during the show Murray actually had to excuse himself from the podcast in order to field a phone call. Despite his best efforts, all Carman could squeeze out of his co-host was that the phone conversation centered around a hitter. But enough about Carm and Bert, you all want to know about the upcoming MLB trade deadline and whether your favorite team is buying or selling. So let’s talk about what happened on the latest episode of the Baseball Insiders Podcast. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rdXtefqvPlMMLB rumors: Will the Cardinals chase A’s starter Frankie Montas?Look for the St. Louis Cardinals to be actively pursuing bullpen...
    Deadline season is upon us. Teams have just over a month to decide whether they are contenders or pretenders, buyers or sellers, by the Aug. 2 MLB trade deadline. At 39-33, the Giants are sitting just outside the playoff picture — and far off their pace from last season’s 107 wins — but appear comfortably situated as one of the eight or so teams battling for the six National League playoff spots. After sitting mostly sitting quiet this offseason and taking their lowest payroll since 2013 into Opening Day, the Giants are well-positioned to make an upgrade at the deadline, just as they did last season by bringing in Kris Bryant. But can they be expected to make as big of a splash this year? To start, let’s take a look at where the Giants could use the most improvement, through their positional rankings by Fangraphs’ Wins Above Replacement: C: t-16th (0.5) 1B: t-19th (0.8) 2B: 17th (0.8) SS: t-22nd (0.4) 3B: t-8th (2.0) OF: 7th (5.2) DH: t-20th (-0.2) SP: t-5th (6.9) RP: t-18th (1.3) Star power...
    The Kansas City Royals are finally free of Carlos Santana, and despite a recent hot streak, fans are thrilled to send him to the Seattle Mariners. MLB trade deadline season is here, but the first deal won’t make much headway. The Royals are sending Santana to the Mariners in a long-overdue move. Santana was a guaranteed out to start the season, but has been more respectable as of late. His WAR is nearing 1.0 on the year, and his batting average is now well above the Mendoza line. Given his rough start, I cannot stress how surprising the turnaround has been. Seattle is banking on that continuing, trading a prospect and reliever Wyatt Mills for Santana. Royals Get RP, Wyatt Mills RHP William Fleming Mariners Get 1B, Carlos Santana Carlos Santana trade: Who won and why?Given how he started the season, getting anything for Santana has to be considered a win for Kansas City. The Royals are now also one step closer to calling up their third-ranked prospect, Vinnie Pasquantino, who is 24 years old and MLB-ready. Per MLB Pipeline,...
    CHICAGO, IL – May 18: David Robertson and Willson Contreras of the Chicago Cubs high five as they exit the field of play in a game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Wrigley Field on May 18, 2022 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Matt Dirksen/Getty Images) Here are three prospects for the Cubs, MLB’s biggest sellers, to target at this year’s MLB trade deadline. The Chicago Cubs currently sit in fourth place in the NL Central at 25-42, 13.0 games behind the Brewers in the division. After last year’s firesale at the trade deadline, the club seems destined for another sell-off this year. As far as pieces go for the Cubs to trade, the quality obviously is not the same as it was at this time last year. No longer are there Kris Bryants, Javier Baezs, Anthony Rizzos to be dealt. Willson Contreras remains the biggest trade chip the Cubs have but there are also rental pitchers David Robertson, Mychal Givens, Drew Smyly and Wade Miley that will most likely end up donning new uniforms come August. Who are the three...
    Next1 of 5Prev postUse your ← → (arrows) to browse NEW YORK, NY – JUNE 1: Nelson Cruz #23 of the Washington Nationals. (Photo by Adam Hunger/Getty Images) The Washington Nationals will be looking to sell at the MLB trade deadline. Which three Nats players could be on the move? The Washington Nationals traded Max Scherzer and Trea Turner last summer in an effort to restock their farm system. But, after spending the majority of the 2022 season in the NL East basement, it would appear that the Nats are looking to be sellers at the MLB trade deadline once again. While several teams would love to make a deal for Nationals’ outfielder Juan Soto, Washington’s GM Mike Rizzo has said that the All-Star is off limits in trade discussions. But the Nationals have several other players that could a new home before Aug. 2. On The Baseball Insiders podcast, FanSided’s Robert Murray listed the Nats as a team likely to sell at the deadline. Here are a few players they could trade right away: 5. The Nationals could trade...
    NEW YORK, NEW YORK – MAY 18: Jordan Hicks #12 and Yadier Molina #4 of the St. Louis Cardinals in action against the New York Mets at Citi Field on May 18, 2022 in New York City. The Mets defeated the Cardinals 11-4. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images) Outside of Oakland A’s pitcher Frankie Montas, who else could the St. Louis Cardinals be looking into before the Aug. 2 trade deadline? With a pitching staff in disarray due to injury, the St. Louis Cardinals will be looking for pitching before the Aug. 2 trade deadline. While Oakland A’s pitcher Frankie Montas might be outside the Cardinals’ price range, who else could they kick the tires on? While their former All-Star Alex Reyes closer has been shut down again with a season-ending shoulder injury, it would seem they would need bullpen help, but Fandsided’s MLB Insider Robert Murray disagrees with this thought. “Their greatest need may actually be in the rotation, where Steven Matz and Jack Flaherty are on the Injured List while reliever turned starter Jordan Hicks may soon transition...
    The 2022 MLB trade deadline has a new date than what most fans have gotten used to seeing. The date of July 31 has been synonymous with the MLB trade deadline although it hasn’t always fallen on this date. June 15 was when the MLB trade deadline took place prior to 1986 and in 2016 it was moved to Aug. 1 because of July 31 falling on a Sunday. Just last year, it took place on July 30 because July 31 was a Saturday. If you’ve kept up with this abridged history, there’s more to learn. In 2022, the MLB trade deadline has a brand new date. As per part of the recent collective bargaining agreement, it can now take place anytime from July 28-Aug. 3. This year, with July 31 falling on a Sunday yet again, teams will have a few extra hours to make their final offers. The trade deadline has been pushed back.When is the 2022 MLB trade deadline?Aug. 2, 2022 is the day when teams will have a chance to do their last pitches for veteran...
    MLB insider Jon Heyman says that shortstop Xander Bogaerts may not be the only player the team moves on from at the trade deadline. The Boston Red Sox have gotten off to a slow start to the 2022 season, as they sit 12.0 games behind the New York Yankees for first place in the AL East as of May 21. As is the case with any team struggling to start, the trade rumblings begin, and speculation runs rampant about whether they would move on from players, specifically from impending free agents. Perhaps the most well-known name that could be on the move is shortstop Xander Bogaerts, who has an opt-out after this season and was unable to negotiate a new contract with the Red Sox. He has already been linked to the St. Louis Cardinals. MLB insider Jon Heyman listed out potential trade deadline candidates in his latest article for the New York Post. Not only was Bogaerts listed, but also fellow Boston teammates J.D. Martinez and Nathan Eovaldi.MLB insider lists J.D. Martinez, Nathan Eovaldi as potential trade deadline candidatesHeyman...