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MLB Trade Deadline Rumors and Updates - Fantasy Baseball Impacts (August 2nd)

Juan Soto - Fantasy Baseball Rankings, MLB Injury News, DFS Lineup Picks

The MLB trade deadline is quickly approaching. Teams looking for a leg up on their competition will be working the phones before the clock strikes 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 2. Don't be surprised to see a significant uptick in trades as the day progresses.

With the deadline almost here, let's dive into the rumors that have circulated as of late.

These rumors only come from credible sources, and each headline is followed by a link to the source, details about the rumor, and analysis on the potential fantasy fallout.

Editor's Note: Our incredible team of writers received five total writing awards and 13 award nominations by the Fantasy Sports Writers Association, tops in the industry! Congrats to all the award winners and nominees including Best MLB Series, NFL Series, NBA Writer, PGA Writer and Player Notes writer of the year. Be sure to follow their analysis, rankings and advice all year long, and win big with RotoBaller! Read More!

 

This Evening  MLB Trade Deadline Updates

6:43 p.m. — Padres, Royals Swap Rooker For Gallagher

One more deal sneaks in. Dennis Lin of The Athletic reports that the Padres have acquired catcher Cam Gallagher from the Padres in exchange for outfielder Brent Rooker. Gallagher, 29, is slashing .244/.298/.356 with a woeful 6.4 BB% and 27.7 K% in the majors this year. He has thrown out two of eight baserunners while posting 0.5 FRM behind the dish. Meanwhile, Rooker heads back to the AL East after formerly playing for the Twins. The 27-year-old has spent most of the season in Triple-A, slashing a strong .272/.385/.605 with 19 homers, 55 RBI, and 137 wRC+. He draws walks at an impressive rate but owns a worrisome 28.6 K%.

6:30 p.m. — Pirates Acquire Jeremy Beasley

In what might be the final trade to trickle in, the Pirates have acquired right-handed pitcher Jeremy Beasley from the Blue Jays in exchange for cash considerations. Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet broke the news. In the minors, he is 4-1 with a 3.86 ERA, 1.41 WHIP, 13.11 K/9, and 6.56 BB/9. He has fared pretty similarly through fewer games at the big-league level.

6:17 p.m. — Cardinals Make Two Catcher Trades

The Cardinals have acquired catcher Austin Allen from the Athletics in exchange for minor league right-handed pitcher Carlos Guarate. Allen, 28, has spent most of this season in Triple-A, slashing .271/.349/.473 with five homer and 26 RBI. He'll report to the Cardinals' Triple-A affiliate and offer organizational depth behind veteran Yadier Molina. Heading the other way is Guarate, a 21-year-old right-hander in Single-A. He is 5-4 with a 4.18 ERA, 1.37 WHIP, 7.05 K/9, and 2.87 BB/9.

In a separate deal, St. Louis dealt catcher Austin Romine to the Reds for cash considerations. Romine was designated for assignment on Monday. He's hitting .176 with two walks and 10 strikeouts in the majors as opposed to .291 with five walks and 12 strikeouts in the minors. He gives the Reds additional depth after they lost Tyler Stephenson to injury.

6:10 p.m. — Braves Acquire Raisel Iglesias

Robert Murray of FanSided reports that the Braves have acquired closer Raisel Iglesias from the Angels in exchange for pitchers Tucker Davidson and Jesse Chavez. Iglesias is owed a hefty $58 million over the next three seasons but has been solid this year, saving 16 games while amassing a 3.44 xERA, 32.9 K%, and 6.2 BB%. He also owns a phenomenal 8.0 percent whiff rate and 34.5 percent chase rate. Iglesias should be rostered in all fantasy leagues due to his role as a closer.

Davidson headlines the return for Los Angeles. The 26-year-old southpaw has spent most of this season in Triple-A, going 3-7 with a 4.59 ERA, 1.32 WHIP, 10.76 K/9, and 1.69 BB/9 through 15 starts. He throws a solid mid-90s fastball in addition to a slider, curveball, and changeup.

Chavez, a right-hander, is in his age-38 season. While most of his stats rank towards the bottom of the league, he does boast an impressive 2.11 ERA, 10.23 K/9, and 2.45 BB/9.

6:08 p.m. — Flurry Of Trade Chips Staying Put

Some clarification after the buzzer. Players who have not been traded include Willson Contreras and Ian Happ of the Cubs, Carlos Rodon and Joc Pederson of the Giants, and Martin Perez and Matt Moore of the Rays. Boston is done making deals, too.

6:03 p.m. — Blue Jays Acquire Whit Merrifield

The Blue Jays have acquired veteran utility player Whit Merrifield from the Royals in exchange for Samad Taylor and Max Castillo, per Mark Feinsand of MLB.com. Merrifield missed the Royals' recent series in Toronto since he was unvaccinated, but the existence of this trade suggests he has since been inoculated. The 33-year-old is slashing .240/.290/.352 with six homers, 15 stolen bases, a 7.1 BB%, and 14.5 K%. He should be rostered in most leagues going forward.

Taylor is a 24-year-old second baseman with plus speed. His hitting and fielding grade as average at best, though he's scraped together a respectable .258/.337/.426 slash line with nine homers, 41 RBI, 23 stolen bases, a 10.0 BB%, and 22.1 K% at Triple-A this year. He'll be joined by Castillo, a 23-year-old righty who has pitched in nine MLB games this season. He owns a 3.72 xERA and a phenomenal 51.8 GB%. Primarily a reliever, Castillo accrued a solid 8.71 K/9 and 2.18 BB/9 during his time with the Jays' big-league club. He'll report to the Royals' Triple-A affiliate for the time being.

5:58 p.m. — Marlins Not Trading Pablo Lopez

The Marlins will not trade highly-regarded starting pitcher Pablo Lopez, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post. Teams like the Yankees and Dodgers showed interest, but a deal could not be reached due to Miami's understandably high asking price.

5:55 p.m. — Yankees, Cardinals Swap Montgomery For Bader

The Yankees have acquired outfielder Harrison Bader and a player to be named later or cash from the Cardinals in exchange for pitcher Jordan Montgomery, according to Robert Murray of FanSided. Bader, 28, is currently in Triple-A but has spent most of the season with the big-league club, slashing .256/.303/.370 with 1.5 fWAR. He has some waiver wire intrigue in deeper leagues. Montgomery, meanwhile, has made 21 starts this season, racking up an impressive 7.61 K/9 and 1.81 BB/9 along with a 46.4 GB%. He should be rostered in most fantasy leagues going forward.

5:55 p.m. — Mets Acquire Mychal Givens

The Mets have acquired reliever Mychal Givens from the Cubs in exchange for minor league pitcher Saul Gonzalez, per Andy Martino of SNY. The veteran right-hander owns a 2.66 ERA, 41.4 GB%, and 11.29 K/9 through 40 outings this season. New York would like for him to lower his walk rate, but he's going to give the club a big addition to its bullpen. Heading the other way is Gonzalez, a 22-year-old right-hander. He owns a 2.81 ERA, 10.33 K/9, and 2.49 BB/9 in Single-A this season. He has mainly pitched out of the bullpen, faring better against righties than lefties.

5:51 p.m. — Blue Jays Acquire Mitchell White

Robert Murray of FanSided reports that the Blue Jays have acquired right-handed pitcher Mitchell White and infielder Alex De Jesus from the Dodgers for minor-league pitchers Nick Frasso and Moises Brito.

White has appeared in 15 games (10 starts) this season, posting a 3.95 FIP, 7.55 K/9, 3.05 BB/9, and 0.96 HR/9. Meanwhile, De Jesus, 20, is slashing .272/.386/.447 with 11 homers between Single- and High-A. He has intriguing raw power, plus speed, and hits better against right-handed pitching.

Frasso is a 23-year-old right-hander who has allowed just three earned runs through 36.2 innings this season. He owns a phenomenal 13.99 K/9 and 2.45 BB/9, both of which are fantastic metrics. It's a small sample size for sure, but he has the makings of a talented starter. Brito, just 20 years old, has looked solid, too. His similarly strong metrics include 9.93 K/9, 0.31 BB/9, and a 2.18 FIP in the DSL.

5:49 p.m. — Phillies Finalizing Deal For Noah Syndergaard

The Phillies are acquiring right-handed pitcher Noah Syndergaard from the Angels in exchange for outfielder prospects Mickey Moniak and Jadiel Sanchez, according to Jayson Stark of The Athletic. Syndergaard owns a 3.95 FIP, 7.20 K/9, and 2.48 BB/9. He generates ground balls and, in general, doesn't surrender much hard contact. With that said, it will be interesting to see how he adjusts going from Los Angeles' six-man rotation to the Phillies' five-man unit. Meanwhile, Moniak, 24, was the No. 1 overall pick back in 2016. He has struggled with strikeouts but offers some power and plenty of poise in the outfield. Presumably, he'll take the role of Brandon Marsh, who was sent to Philadelphia earlier today. Sanchez, 21, is slashing .236/.286/.429 with six homers through 38 games at the Single-A level. He has an impressive hit tool but has also generated attention due to his fielding and speed.

5:44 p.m. — Twins Acquire Michael Fulmer

The Twins have acquired veteran reliever Michael Fulmer from the Tigers in exchange for right-handed pitcher Sawyer Gipson-Long, per MLB.com's Mark Feinsand. The 29-year-old owns a 3.05 xERA and an impressive 0.23 HR/9. His control isn't great and he has a subpar ground ball rate, but he has allowed just one barrel this season. The Twins are getting another solid bullpen guy who can eat innings without allowing too much damage. Heading the other way is Gipson-Long, a 24-year-old who is 8-6 with a 4.23 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, 8.97 K/9, and 1.96 BB/9.

5:30 p.m. — Boston Fielding Calls On Rich Hill

The Twins, Cardinals, and Phillies have shown interest in acquiring veteran pitcher Rich Hill from the Red Sox, according to WEEI's Rob Bradford.

5:25 p.m. — Orioles Acquire Brett Phillips From Rays

Roch Kubatko of MASN reports that the Orioles have acquired fan-favorite outfielder Brett Phillips from the Rays in exchange for cash considerations. He's slashing .147/.225/.250 with a horrendous 40.9 K% this season. He has looked good defensively, though. The 28-year-old posted 4.0 DRS, 10.0 OAA, and 5.3 dWAR in the Tampa Bay outfield.

5:25 p.m. — Mariners Acquire Jake Lamb

The Mariners have acquired veteran Jake Lamb from the Dodgers in exchange for cash considerations or a player to be named later, according to Robert Murray of FanSided. He is currently in Triple-A, slashing .290/.395/.537 with 15 homers, 130 wRC+, a 14.1 BB%, and 26.8 K%. He has also posted okay numbers off the bench in the majors.

5:21 p.m. — Jays, Phillies Finalists For Syndergaard

Jon Morosi of MLB.com reports that the Noah Syndergaard sweepstakes are down to two teams. If the veteran starter is dealt, he'll join either the Phillies or Blue Jays.

5:12 p.m. — Brewers Acquire Trevor Rosenthal

The Brewers have acquired veteran reliever Trevor Rosenthal from the Giants in exchange for outfielder Tristan Peters, according to Jon Heyman of the New York Post. The 32-year-old right-hander hasn't pitched since 2020 when he posted a 1.97 xERA, 41.8 K%, and 8.8 BB%. It remains to be seen if he is still the same pitcher and when he'll be ready to return to the mound, but the Brewers are willing to take that chance. Peters, meanwhile, is a 22-year-old who has appeared in 90 games at High-A this season. He is slashing an impressive .306/.386/485 with seven homers, 13 stolen bases, and 140 wRC+.

5:10 p.m. — Dodgers Making Push For Miami's Lopez

The Dodgers are making a strong push to acquire right-handed starter Pablo Lopez from the Marlins, according to Mark Feinsand of MLB.com. Miami's asking price for Lopez is reportedly high, but the Dodgers have the assets to make a big upgrade to their rotation.

5:06 p.m. — Mets No Longer Likely Landing Spot For Contreras

The Mets don't seem likely to acquire catcher Willson Contreras from the Cubs ahead of the deadline, according to Jon Heyman of the New York Post. Seen by many as the team most in need of a catcher, New York has yet to make an upgrade behind the dish.

5:03 p.m. — Red Sox Acquire Eric Hosmer

The Red Sox are acquiring veteran first baseman Eric Hosmer, Max Ferguson, Cory Rosier, and cash considerations from the Padres, according to Chris Cotillo of MassLive. Hosmer rejected a trade to Washington earlier today and will instead head to Boston. San Diego will cover a large portion of the $44 million remaining on his contract. He is slashing .272/.336/.391 with eight homers, 40 RBI, and 107 wRC+ this season. He has accrued a 8.9 BB% and respectable 14.9 K% through 32 games in 2022. He will have significant waiver wire appeal assuming he takes over as Boston's starting first baseman.

Ferguson is a middle infield prospect from the 2021 draft. He is slashing .221/.365/.358 with a 17.36 BB% and 23.38 K/9. His most impressive tool is his speed; Ferguson has swiped a whopping 55 bags between Single- and High-A. Also heading to Boston is Rosier, a 21-year-old outfielder who was also selected in the 2021 draft. He has similar metrics to Ferguson, slashing .263/.381/.396 with a 14.5 BB%, 18.2 K%, 122 wRC+, and 33 stolen bases.

Groome, a former first-round pick, is 23 years old and has reached Triple-A this season. Between Double- and Triple-A, he is 4-5 with a 3.59 ERA, 1.29 WHIP, 9.32 K/9, and 4.37 BB/9. He is most dominant against right-handed hitting.

 

This Afternoon  MLB Trade Deadline Updates

4:54 p.m. — Giants Trade Matthew Boyd To Mariners

The Mariners have acquired left-handed reliever Matthew Boyd from the Giants, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post. He's currently rehabbing an elbow injury and hasn't pitched in 2022. His last trip to the mound came in 2021 with Detroit. Last year, he went 3-8 with a 4.10 FIP, 38.4 GB%, 7.67 K/9, and 2.63 BB/9 through 15 outings. He will give the Mariners solid rotation depth when he returns from his injury.

Catcher Andy Thomas heads back to San Francisco in exchange for Boyd, according to Ben Greaby of Center Field Sports. A fifth-round pick last season, Thomas is slashing .264/.400/.444 with nine homers, 32 RBI, 145 wRC+, a 24.9 K%, and a fantastic 16.2 BB%.

4:50 p.m. — Twins, Guardians Swap Minor Leaguers

The Twins and Guardians have agreed to a minor swap that sends veteran catcher Sandy Leon to the Minnesota in exchange for right-handed pitcher Ian Hamilton. Leon is slashing .222/.321/.306 with a 11.9 BB% and 14.3 K% through 33 games in the minors this season. He certainly isn't hitting very well, but he has drawn walks at a solid rate and gives the Twins depth down the stretch. Meanwhile, Hamilton is a right-handed reliever with 11.30 K/9 and 2.51 BB/9 through 28.2 innings at Triple-A this year. The 27-year-old has an impressive 51.6 GB% and 1.88 ERA, though his FIP is noticeably higher at 3.37.

4:40 p.m. — Mariners Acquire Curt Casali

Robert Murray of FanSided reports that the Mariners have acquired backup catcher Curt Casali from the Giants in exchange for Michael Stryffeler. Casali has appeared in parts of 41 games this season, slashing .231/.325/.370 with .417 BB/K. He's mediocre at best defensively, so this is purely a depth move for Seattle. Heading the other way is Stryffeler, a 26-year-old right-hander with a 2.27 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, and phenomenal 14.57 K/9. He has a strong 0.82 WHIP with runners in scoring position and fares equally against righties and lefties.

4:33 p.m. — Padres Trying To Shed Wil Myers' Contract

The Padres are looking to shed outfielder Wil Myers' contract ahead of the trade deadline, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post. Not only does Myers cost a lot of money, but he's likely the odd man out with Jurickson Profar excelling and Brandon Drury being acquired from the Reds. Myers is owed roughly $7 million over the remainder of the season.

4:28 p.m. — Padres Acquire Brandon Drury

The Padres have made yet another move, acquiring breakout third baseman Brandon Drury from the Reds in exchange for talented shortstop prospect Victor Acosta, according to Robert Murray of FanSided. Drury is having a fantastic season, slashing an impressive .274/.335/.520 with 20 homers, 59 RBI, a .366 wOBA, and 132 wRC+. Although he owns a 7.5 BB% and 21.8 K%, his power makes him a beautiful addition to the San Diego lineup. It also doesn't hurt that he's owed roughly $300,000 over the remainder of the season. He should be rostered in most fantasy leagues, though it's possible his value declines a bit with a reduction in playing time.

Heading the other way is Acosta, ranked sixth in the Padres' system by MLB Pipeline. He just turned 18 years old but already has scouts, analysts, and fans raving over his skill set. The right-hander has plus speed and fielding tools, as well as a slightly-above-average hitting ability.

3:59 p.m. — Yankees Fielding Calls On Gleyber Torres

Jack Curry of YES Network reports that the Yankees have fielded calls regarding infielder Gleyber Torres, who is slashing .257/.313/.467 with 16 homers and 46 RBI this season. Although New York would appreciate having him available in their lineup, they also understand how valuable his 40-man roster spot could be, not to mention the prospects they would be able to acquire.

3:48 p.m. — Twins Acquire Mahle For Trio Of Prospects

The Twins have acquired starting pitcher Tyler Mahle from the Reds in exchange for Spencer Steer, Christian Encarnacion-Strand, and Steven Hajjar, according to C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic. Mahle, 27, is controllable through 2023. The right-hander has appeared in 19 games, posting a 3.22 xERA, 9.83 K/9, and 3.36 BB/9. He'll give the Twins an impactful rotation option down the stretch and should be rostered in most fantasy leagues.

Steer, 24, has spent time at second base, third base, and shortstop this season. He is slashing .242/.345/.485 with 118 wRC+, 12.1 BB%, and 18.5 K% at Triple-A this season. He has swatted 12 homers in the process. Steer is an overall well-rounded player who provides both defensive and offensive upside.

Encarnacion-Strand is having a career year in 2022. He hit .296 with 20 homers at High-A and has already gone yard five times through 13 games with the Double-A club. His plate discipline is a bit of a concern, but there's no denying that the 22-year-old swings a hot bat and has the defensive skills to stick at second or third base long-term.

The final piece is Hajjar, who owns 14.63 K/9 and a 2.81 FIP through 12 starts at Single-A this season. He does a solid job getting ground balls and limiting home runs, though he needs to work on lowering his walk rate going forward. The 22-year-old southpaw throws a fastball, curveball, slider, and changeup.

3:47 p.m. — Phillies Add David Robertson To Bullpen

The Phillies have acquired reliever David Robertson from the Cubs in exchange for right-handed pitcher Ben Brown, according to Matt Gelb of The Athletic. Robertson returns to the Phillies after spending seven games with them between 2019 and 2020. He has been dominant this year, posting a 2.92 xERA, 48.4 GB%, 11.38 K/9, and 4.24 BB/9 through 36 games. Without much room for save opportunities, he can be left on fantasy waivers. Heading the other way is Brown, a prospect who has appeared in 16 games at High-A this season, amassing a 3.16 FIP, 42.9 GB%, 12.95 K/9, and 2.84 BB/9.

3:40 p.m. — Mets Acquire Darin Ruf

The Mets are acquiring veteran first baseman/outfielder Darin Ruf from the Giants in exchange for infielder J.D. Davis and prospects, according to Andy Martino of SNY. He owns a .216/.328/.373 with 11 homers, a 12.7 BB%, and 27.1 K%. He isn't super valuable defensively but will give the Mets a solid bat off the bench considering his .886 OPS against southpaws. He should be left on waivers in all fantasy leagues. Meanwhile, Davis has been relegated to mainly serving as the Mets' DH this season, slashing just .238/.324/.359 with four homers, a 9.7 BB%, and a woeful 31.4 K%.

The prospects heading to San Francisco are right-hander Carson Seymour and left-handers Nick Zwack and Thomas Szapucki.

Seymour, 23, checks in at 6-foot-6. The right-hander owns an impressive 3.03 xFIP, 53.9 GB%, 11.40 K/9, and 2.10 BB/9 through 11 outings at High-A this season. He has mainly worked out of the rotation but seen some bullpen action, too.

Zwack is a 24-year-old with a plus slider. He struggled through limited action at Single-A but looked great with the Mets' High-A affiliate, going 5-1 with a 2.68 FIP, 42.5 GB%, 10.18 K/9, and 2.26 BB/9 through 14 outings.

The final piece is Szapucki. Although he's 26-year-old, he is closer to making an MLB impact than the other prospects joining him in San Francisco. The southpaw has thrown five innings in the majors over the last two seasons, but the bulk of his work has come with the Mets' Triple-A affiliate. He owns a 3.36 FIP, 44.6 GB%, 12.23 K/9, and 4.08 through 18 games in Syracuse.

3:38 p.m. — Phillies Acquire Brandon Marsh From Angels

The Phillies are acquiring outfielder Brandon Marsh from the Angels in exchange for catching prospect Logan O'Hoppe, according to Robert Murray of FanSided. Marsh is slashing .226/.284/.353 with a 6.8 BB% and woeful 36.2 K%. Despite his offensive struggles, he has a strong profile in center field, which bodes well for a Phillies team that needs a strong glove to pair with the likes of Nick Castellanos and Kyle Schwarber. Marsh has posted 4.7 dWAR, 7.0 DRS, 9.0 OAA, 8.0 RAA, and 4.7 UZR this season. Heading the other way is O'Hoppe, a 22-year-old widely viewed as one of Philly's best prospects. Through 74 Double-A games this season, he is slashing .269/.385/.492 with 139 wRC+, 15 homers, a 12.5 BB%, and 16.7 K%.

3:38 p.m. — Twins Pursuing Tyler Mahle

C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic reports that the Twins have shown serious interest in trading for starting pitcher Tyler Mahle. The Cardinals have also had interest in Mahle, while Minnesota continues to monitor Carlos Rodon of the Giants, too.

3:27 p.m. — High Price Set For Remaining Starters

The asking prices for Giants starter Carlos Rodon, Angels starter Noah Syndergaard, and Reds starter Tyler Mahle are reportedly high, which has caused some teams to bow out of trade negotiations and instead decide to stand pat.

3:16 p.m. — Jays Inquiring On Syndergaard, Iglesias

The Blue Jays are in talks with the Angels regarding starter Noah Syndergaard and reliever Raisel Iglesias, according to Jon Heyman of the New York Post. Toronto already added two relievers earlier today, but it never hurts to add pitching depth ahead of the final stretch.

2:34 p.m. — Rays Monitoring Market

The Rays continue to explore trades ahead of today's deadline. Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the club is interested in adding a right-handed reliever or catcher. They could also look to trade first baseman Ji-Man Choi and outfielder Brett Phillips, both of whom have drawn interest from the Yankees.

2:15 p.m. — Dodgers Acquire Joey Gallo

The Dodgers have acquired veteran outfielder Joey Gallo from the Dodgers in exchange for right-handed pitcher Clayton Beeter, per Pat Ragazzo of SI.com. Gallo was one of the biggest names dealt at the deadline in 2021, but things have not worked out for him this season. He's slashing .159/.282/.339 with a 14.7 BB%, 38.8 K%, and -4.3 oWAR. It sounded like the Yankees wanted to trade him to a smaller market so he could clear his head, but instead he ends up in Los Angeles. He has some low-end fantasy appeal given his power, ability to draw walks, and role in a strong Dodgers lineup.

Heading back to New York is Beeter, a right-hander at the Double-A level. The 23-year-old has appeared in 18 games (16 starts) this season, posting a shaky 4.13 xFIP, 6.10 BB/9, and 1.74 HR/9. However, he has done a good job striking out opponents, posting a phenomenal 15.33 K/9 this year. The Yankees will hope he can get a handle on his control while continuing to post a high strikeout rate.

1:54 p.m. — Contracts Making Rodon, Martinez, and Syndergaard Trades Difficult

Joel Sherman of the New York Post points out that trades involving Carlos Rodon, J.D. Martinez, and Noah Syndergaard could be harder to finalize due to the hefty amounts of money each player is owed over the remainder of the season. Additionally, Rodon has already triggered his contract option for 2023. If he opts out, the team acquiring him only gets him for a few months. If he opts in, the team acquiring him is likely paying an additional $22.5 million for Rodon to spend time on the injured list.

1:38 p.m. — Marlins Acquire Jordan Groshans From Blue Jays For Relievers

The Marlins have acquired shortstop Jordan Groshans from the Blue Jays in exchange for relievers Anthony Bass, Zach Pop, and a player to be named later, according to Craig Mish. It's always fun to see a deal in which the prospect is actually the headliner. Groshans, 22, was viewed as one of the best players in the Blue Jays' farm system but has seen his stock decline a bit this year. He has spent most of 2022 at shortstop for the Jays' Triple-A affiliate in Buffalo, though he has taken significant reps at third base, too. The right-hander is a bat-first player with a .250/.348/.296 slash line, 24 homers, a 12.5 BB%, and 16.5 K%. He lacks power but has solid plate discipline. Defensively, Groshans is a few ticks above average. He might be good enough to stick at shortstop long term, but the Marlins should feel more than comfortable moving him to any infield or outfield position. Groshans should reach the majors next season and will have immediate fantasy relevance.

Bass is the top piece heading back to Toronto. Through 45 relief outings, he owns a 1.41 ERA, 2.06 FIP, and 39.0 GB% along with 9.07 K/9, 2.01 BB/9, and 0.20 HR/9. Despite his strong season, Bass doesn't find himself in save situations often and therefore should be left on fantasy waivers. The same can be said about Pop, a right-hander with a plus fastball and a phenomenal 63.1 K% in the majors this season. He gets outs on weak contact and is sporting a 2.81 FIP, 6.30 K/9, and 0.90 BB/9 in the majors this season.

1:18 p.m. — Mets Looking Into Left-Handed Relievers

Joel Sherman of the New York Post speculates that the Mets, perhaps with manager Buck Showalter's guidance, will seek a left-handed reliever who is successful against right-handers, too. Sherman mentions Matt Moore, Gregory Soto, Lionel Perez, and Andrew Chafin as trade candidates who fit that description. He also sees Chicago's David Robertson, a right-hander who dominates lefties, as a fit.

1:13 p.m. — Cubs Fielding Calls On Robertson, Happ, Contreras

The Cubs have some moves to make over the next four-and-a-half hours. Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports that the club has received interest from the Dodgers in outfielder Ian Happ and reliever David Robertson. Similarly, the Mets could look into a package deal involving Robertson and catcher Willson Contreras.

 

This Morning  MLB Trade Deadline Updates

11:43 a.m. — Padres Acquiring Juan Soto, Josh Bell

The Padres and Nationals have agreed to a megadeal that sends superstar outfielder Juan Soto and first baseman Josh Bell to San Diego, according to Jon Morosi of MLB.com. In return, Washington acquires a package consisting of first baseman Luke Voit, shortstop C.J. Abrams, outfielders Robert Hassell III and James Wood, left-handed pitcher MacKenzie Gore, and right-handed pitcher Jarlin Susana.

Trading Soto might be the biggest move in MLB history. The 23-year-old is an elite talent, slashing .291/.427/.538 with 119 homers, 358 RBI, and 21.4 through four-plus seasons. In addition to being a dominant hitter, he also has phenomenal baseball discipline, racking up a 20.9 BB% and 14.2 K% in 2022. Under contract through 2024, Soto will team up with an insanely strong Padres core that consists of Fernando Tatis Jr., Manny Machado, and others. He should be rostered in 100 percent of fantasy baseball leagues, without a doubt.

Bell has been one of the best offensive first basemen in baseball this season, slashing .301/.384/.493 with 14 homers, 57 RBI, an 11.2 BB%, and 14.0 K%. He has produced 142 wRC+, 15.6 oWAR, and 2.5 fWAR. He should be rostered in all fantasy leagues. Bell represents a clear upgrade over Eric Hosmer.

Voit is controllable through 2024. He is slashing .225/.317/.416 with 13 homers, 48 RBI, an 11.3 BB%, and 32.0 K%. He is due $5.5 million this season and will be arbitration-eligible during the next two offseasons.

The biggest part of the deal for San Diego is the prospect haul. Abrams is a phenomenal hitter with elite speed. He should stick at shortstop but could always shift to second base or left field if needed. Abrams isn't a big power hitter and has a high strikeout-to-walk ratio, but the upside is obvious and he should be a major league for years to come. Gore is another player who has scratched the surface of MLB action. He appeared in 16 games for the big-league club, going 4-4 with a 37.6 GB%, 4.11 FIP, 9.26 K/9, and 4.76 BB/9. Gore is dealing with an elbow injury and may not pitch again this season, but he should be ready to go for the Nats in 2023.

Hassell, just 20 years old, is a very well-rounded player with a great hit tool, phenomenal speed, and solid power. He has shown good plate discipline throughout most of his minor league career and has a shot to stick in center field long term. Wood, meanwhile, is just 19 years old and checks in at a whopping 6-foot-7. He has been a monster at Single-A this season, slashing .337/.453/.601 with a .470 wOBA, 171 wRC+, 15.7 BB%, and 17.8%. He has clubbed 10 homers and swiped 15 bags along the way. Just like Hassell, Wood will also compete for a role in center field.

The final puzzle piece is Susana. Just 18 years old, he made his pro debut in the Florida Complex League this season. He has looked good so far, amassing a 3.20 FIP, 55.8 GB%, 13.50 K/9, and 3.38 BB/9 through eight games. The right-hander has an elite fastball, plus slider, and solid tertiary offering in his changeup.

11:25 a.m. — Padres Closing In On Juan Soto?

Jon Heyman of the New York Post reports there is "optimism" that the Padres will acquire star outfielder Juan Soto from the Nationals. Nothing has been finalized, but it looks like a deal is gaining steam.

11:16 a.m. — Nats Calling Up Minor Leaguers

MLB.com's Jon Morosi reports that the Nationals are calling up minor leaguers to fill holes on the major league roster, indicating that a trade is imminent. Juan Soto and Josh Bell are currently the club's biggest trade chips.

11:04 a.m. — Rockies Could Move Kuhl, Estevez

Although the Rockies have indicated they won't trade C.J. Cron or recently-extended Daniel Bard, MLB.com's Mark Feinsand reports that the club could move starter Chad Kuhl or reliever Carlos Estevez by the end of the day. Both players are free agents at the end of the season and would bolster the pitching staff of a contender down the stretch.

10:50 a.m. — Royals Ready For Busy Day Of Deals

Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports that the Royals could be busy unloading a few pieces ahead of the deadline this evening. The markets are reportedly "heating up" for outfielder Michel A. Taylor and relievers Scott Barlow and Josh Staumont. Taylor's contract expires after 2023, Barlow after 2024, and Staumont after 2025. 

10:37 a.m. — Twins Acquire Jorge Lopez

The Twins are acquiring closer Jorge Lopez from the Orioles in exchange for pitching prospects Cade Povich, Yennier Cano, Juan Nunez, and Juan Rojas, according to ESPN’s Jeff Passan. Lopez gives Minnesota a huge bullpen upgrade. He has appeared in 44 games this season, posting a 1.68 ERA, 10.06 K/9, and 3.18 BB/9 while inducing ground balls at a phenomenal 60 percent clip. Lopez has converted 19 saves and will slot in as the Twins' closer immediately.

Povich is the only player in the package ranked inside the Twins' top-30 prospects, per MLB Pipeline. He is listed 22nd. The southpaw has made 16 starts at High-A this season, amassing a 3.36 xFIP and 44.3 GB% along with 12.24 K/9 and 2.97 BB/9. He has demonstrated impressive control and is clearly the headliner of the return for Baltimore.

Cano is a 28-year-old right-hander who made his MLB debut this season. His walk rate and ERA faltered through 13.2 innings with the Twins, but he has looked much better at Triple-A. Most notably, he has induced ground balls at a fabulous 66.1 percent rate in 2022.

The two additional players involved are both in the Florida Complex League. Nunez, 21, is a right-handed starter who owns an impressive 2.82 FIP and 14.26 K/9. Rojas, 18, is a southpaw who has split time between the rotation and bullpen. He pairs phenomenal control (11.40 K/9 and 1.20 BB/9) with an ability to induce ground balls at a 48.6 percent rate.

10:30 a.m. — Cubs Looking To Pair Players In Trade

Jon Morosi of MLB.com reports that the Cubs could look to pair a hitter like Willson Contreras or Ian Happ with a reliever like David Robertson or Mychal Givens in order to “maximize the prospect return.” Toronto and New York are a pair of teams to watch on that front. 

10:14 a.m. — Diamondbacks Won’t Trade Gallen, Kelly

The Diamondbacks have decided that they won’t trade pitchers Zac Gallen or Merrill Kelly ahead of the trade deadline, according to Jon Heyman of the New York Post. 

9:59 a.m. — Jays Interested In Ian Happ

Following George Springer's injury, the Blue Jays have shown interest in Cubs outfielder Ian Happ, per Jon Morosi of MLB.com. Toronto isn't expected to be alone in the Happ sweepstakes. Teams that miss out on trading for Juan Soto will likely pivot to acquiring an outfielder of Happ's caliber. The Dodgers have been mentioned as a top fit assuming they don't land Soto.

9:38 a.m. — Padres Leading The Way In Soto, Bell Sweepstakes?

Barry Svrluga of the Washington Post reports that there is a "growing sense" Nationals star Juan Soto will be traded to the Padres along with first baseman Josh Bell. Talks have gained momentum, and while negotiations will likely be drawn out until the last minute, it appears San Diego is the frontrunner. Jim Bowden of The Athletic adds that a potential deal would cost the Padres a package including shortstop C.J. Abrams, outfielder Robert Hassell III, left-handed pitcher Adrian Morejon, and two other prospects. That seems like a relatively cheap return for Soto himself, let alone Soto and Bell.

8:35 a.m. Update On The Soto Sweepstakes

Jon Heyman's latest New York Post article details the latest updates in the Juan Soto sweepstakes. He notes that despite some speculation Soto won't be traded, it looks very likely that he'll be on a new team by 6 p.m. Additionally, although Mike Rizzo hasn't gotten quite the offer he's looking for and there was some speculation about a fourth team getting involved, the clear frontrunners remain the Dodgers, Padres, and Cardinals. Los Angeles and San Diego both have the ability to get a deal done with their prospects, and they've shown plenty of signs that they're willing to be aggressive. St. Louis, while very much involved, has been hesitant to package Dylan Carlson with a top prospect, and their biggest need is starting pitching. Of course, they would love to have Soto's bat in their lineup. Buckle in for a thrilling 10 hours.

8:21 a.m. Teams Calling Marlins About Lopez, Rogers

Multiple teams are calling the Marlins with interest in Pablo Lopez and Trevor Rogers, according to Jon Heyman of the New York Post. The wording of Heyman's tweet seems to indicate that while Miami is entertaining offers, they aren't actively looking to trade away either pitcher and therefore will need an offer that they can't refuse. Otherwise, the Marlins will happily bring Lopez and Rogers back to their young rotation in 2023. For what it's worth, the Yankees are one of the teams that checked on Loepz.

8:18 a.m. — Royals Won't Trade Zack Greinke

The Royals have decided that they won't trade veteran starter Zack Greinke ahead of the 6 p.m. deadline, according to Jon Heyman of the New York Post. Although Greinke could be an affordable, back-of-the-rotation option for many contenders, it looks like he's staying in Kansas City.

7:33 a.m. Twins, Phillies In On Mahle

The Twins and Phillies are among the teams showing heavy interest in Reds starter Tyler Mahle, per Jon Heyman of the New York Post. With Luis Castillo, Frankie Montas, and Jose Quintana all off the board, Mahle might be the best starting pitcher available to be dealt. He could certainly help many contenders down the stretch. The Reds' focus over the next 10-plus hours should be trading Mahle and the breakout power bat of Brandon Drury.

 

Overnight  MLB Trade Deadline Updates

12:02 a.m. Three Teams Check On Brett Phillips

The Yankees, Red Sox, and Phillies have shown interest in trading for Rays outfielder Brett Phillips after he was designated for assignment on Monday, according to Brendan Kuty of NJ.com. The Yankees seem to be interested in just about every player available, including Phillips, who has a strong glove and would give them depth on the bench. Philadelphia's interest is similar, likely stemming from a clear need for defensive help in the outfield. Boston is also looking for depth, and it's worth noting that Chaim Bloom has ties to Phillips from his time in Tampa Bay's front office. One would speculate that the Astros could also be interested after it was reported that they are looking to add a center fielder.

12:01 a.m. — Astros Looking For Outfield Upgrade

The Astros are coming off a busy Monday but might not be done just yet. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that Houston is looking into acquiring center field help. It remains to be seen whether the club wants to make a splash for a bigger name like Bryan Reynolds or would rather opt for a cheaper, defense-first player like Michael A. Taylor. Other names to watch would include Cedric Mullins, Rafael Ortega, and Jackie Bradley Jr. Houston would also feel like a strong fit for Ramon Laureano, but the Athletics seem content to hold onto him, so it's almost a guarantee that they won't trade him inside the AL West.

11:41 p.m. Monday — Joey Gallo Trade Inevitable

Mark Feinsand of MLB.com believes that a Joey Gallo trade is almost inevitable at this point. He writes that "it would be something of a surprise if he wasn’t traded" on Tuesday. The Yankees have made a splash in all three of their areas of need, so while they will continue to peruse the market, their biggest goal over the next 18 hours figures to be sending Gallo to a smaller market where he can thrive.




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