On this week’s episode of the Baseball Insiders Podcast, Robert Murray and Mark Carman prepare baseball fans for the MLB trade deadline.
There are only seven days until Major League Baseball close of trading. Multiple names have been rumored to have been out for weeks, but since baseball insiders headed out to the All-Star celebrations in Los Angeles last week, this marked the first time Robert Murray and Mark Carman have spoken of a potential trade Juan Soto.
The Washington Nationals announced to the entire league that after Soto turned down a $440 million deal, the all-star outfielder was up for grabs in a deal for the right price. According to Murray, that price is sky high.
Is Juan Soto trading as of the record date?
The biggest name to move at this year’s close is the Nats’ Juan Soto. But FanSided baseball insider Robert Murray doesn’t see that. However, Murray was quick to point out that it only takes one team to back the truck and make Washington an offer they can’t refuse.
Bert was asked for his best estimate of whether Soto will be dealt before next Tuesday, and he suggested the San Diego Padres could be best positioned to win the 2022 Home Run Derby championship. Murray has heard others mention the St. Louis Cardinals, but doesn’t see this one happening.
Who will trade for Nationals’ 1B Josh Bell?
Speaking of Washington Nationals, fans might want to look towards our nation’s capital for the first move of the trade season. Nationals first baseman Josh Bell could be the first name off the board later this week.
Murray named the Houston Astros as a possible target for the former Pittsburgh Pirates hitter. He also mentioned the Milwaukee Brewers, but the presence of Rowdy Tellez could make that move unlikely.
The Chicago Cubs will be active at the close of trading
The Chicago Cubs could be one of the most active teams at the close of trading this year. Willson Contreras, Ian Happ, Chris Martin, David Robertson and Mychal Givens could all be out in the next seven days.
Happ could be a good match for the Toronto Blue Jays or the San Diego Padres. Robertson was the focus of the New York Mets. As for Contreras, there are several teams that will likely inquire about the availability of the all-star catcher.
Baseball Insider Quick Hits:
- It’s not yet clear if the Boston Red Sox will be sellers, but if they are, JD Martinez, Nathan Eovaldi and Matt Strahm could all be on the move.
- The New York Mets are looking for a bat. Players like JD Martinez, Trey Mancini and the aforementioned Willson Contreras make sense.
- The St. Louis Cardinals will likely prioritize starting pitching by deadline date. One name to keep an eye on is Zac Plesac, starter for the Cleveland Guardians.
- Luis Castillo appears to be the New York Yankees’ top trading target, but other teams are involved as well. Ian Happ is a player the Yankees could also target.
- The Seattle Mariners could be the sleeper team making a splash at deadline.
- The Milwaukee Brewers could be looking for help in midfield, and Oakland A outfielder Ramon Laureano could find his way to Wisconsin.
- And finally, no, the Los Angeles Angels are not trading Shohei Ohtani.
Tune in for the next episode of the Baseball Insiders Podcast. As the trading season enters its final week, chances are you’ll see a Bert Alert live on YouTube! See you next time on the Baseball Insiders Podcast.
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