Major League Baseball teams have less than 12 hours to finalize their summer purchases. This year’s MLB trade deadline expires on Tuesday, Aug. 2 at 6 p.m. ET. After that, teams will not be able to execute deals until the off-season.
The deadline typically passes on July 31, but Commissioner Rob Manfred gained the ability to set it to any day between July 28 and August 3 as part of the new collective bargaining agreement between MLB and the MLB Players Association. Which is why, in essence, the deadline is on August 2nd, which is a few days later than usual.
As the deadline passes, you may be wondering what the top story is going on in the final days of the trading season. CBS Sports has you covered below with information and answers to eight frequently asked questions.
1. Who are the top buyers and sellers?
Our Dan Perry recently classified each of the 30 teams as buyer, seller or something in between. While it’s always a risk to take Perry seriously, it’s one we’ve chosen to take. Here’s a look at who they classified as buyers or sellers (note that the teams are listed alphabetically by their city name):
- buyer: Braves, White Sox, Guardians, Astros, Dodgers, Brewers, Twins, Mets, Yankees, Phillies, Cardinals, Padres, Giants, Mariners, Rays, Rangers, Blue Jays
- sellers: Diamondbacks, Cubs, Reds, Tigers, Royals, Angels, Marlins, Athletics, Pirates, Nationals
Any of the teams not listed above were considered something in the middle, meaning they could buy or sell, or they could pounce, depending on how the conversation developed.
2. What are the notable steps taken so far?
The Mariners on Friday acquired 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 here.)
Things were relatively calm until Monday, when a number of big moves took place. The Yankees acquired Frankie Montas and Lou Trivino from the A, and the Astros added slugger Trey Mancini from Baltimore. But the most surprising move of the deadline came when the Padres and the Brewers struck a deal to send the All-Star to San Diego closer Josh Haider.,
3. Will Soto be transferred?
The biggest among those marquee names will be National outfielder Juan Soto, who became available earlier this month after rejecting a 15-year, $440 million extension offer.
Soto is the 23-year-old on the Hall-of-Fame track, then in control of the team for two more seasons, making him one of the most sought-after trading targets in league history. CBS Sports has identified the Cardinals as the team best suited to land them based on a combination of their potential and young big-league players, as well as their financial outlook and their front office trading history. is applicable.
The Nationals will be encouraged to move to Soto before the deadline, as the franchise is expected to be bought by the new owners this off-season. It doesn’t seem like the visiting owners want their first big move to be trading in the face of the franchise.
If and when a Soto trade happens, it’s worth noting that executives from other teams fully expect veteran left-hander Patrick Corbin to join as financial ballast.
4. What about Ohtani?
The Angels have reportedly listened to offers on another young superstar in two-way phenom Shohei Ohtani, but the prospect of a trade is far less likely than in Soto’s case.
Ohtani remains in control of the team for an additional season, yet the situation is more complicated. Industry types who have spoken to CBS Sports have noted that owner Arte Moreno is less inclined to flag a deal, and that the Angels will likely hold on to Ohtani and try to win once again in 2023. .
5. Who are the other top players?
Here are the top four available players based on our rankings that haven’t already been traded or mentioned in this piece:
We’ll note that Reynolds is unlikely to leave and the Athletics may likewise decide to hold onto Murphy until winter. The other two – Contreras and Hap – seem to have better shots 50/50 when moved up to Tuesday night.
6. Will the Yankees pursue Gallo?
One name you’ll rarely find in our rankings is Yankees outfielder Joy Gallo, who has struggled since securing a trade in the final deadline. Gallo is a sedentary free agent and increasingly a man without a home on New York’s roster.
Naturally, that combination has fueled speculation that Gallo could be on his way, with the Padres and Rangers, among others, standing out as potential destinations.
Gallo is one of the most interesting players of the time frame which is worth watching, if only because of the possibility that he could regain his old form as he moves away from New York.