Latest information on Juan Soto, Cardinals trade destinations and more

Breaking down the latest MLB trade rumors being heard by FanSided MLB insider Robert Murray ahead of the league’s MLB trade deadline.

In the past few days, countless executives, agents and players have asked themselves the question: Will Juan Soto traded?

A week before the close of trading, no one has a good answer to this question. There are some people who believe Soto will stay put, citing the tremendous price tag (top prospects and controllable major leagues) and sheer size of such a deal. There are others who believe the Nationals will trade him before August 2 as an eventual new owner may not want his first move to be a trade in Soto.

There are many teams that would like to add Soto. The Padres are considered one of the favorites by rival executives. The Cardinals have prospects of facilitating a deal, but will a front office that’s meticulously built the farm system blow it up to add the 23-year-old superstar? The Mariners are viewed as potential sleepers, while the New York Yankees, Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Mets and a host of others emerge as potential suitors.

Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo has set his price. Will any team make it, or will the Soto Sweepstakes last into the off-season?

Pittsburgh Pirates

Left-hander Jose Quintana is attracting interest from the New York Yankees and Chicago White Sox, among others, sources said. Another potential fit: the Toronto Blue Jays, who could use him as insurance for the struggling Yusei Kikuchi. But if Kikuchi bounces back, Quintana could move into the bullpen, a role he found success in with San Francisco in 2021.

Star outfielder Bryan Reynolds is highly unlikely to be traded. All-Star Relief David Bednar is also unlikely to be traded.

Milwaukee Brewers

While the Brewers look for more offensive firepower and a long-term midfield response, one option could be Oakland A outfielder Ramon Laureano. The 28-year-old Laureano fits the Brewers’ run-prevention model, and while he’s struggled this season and hit just .230/.310/.407 with 10 homers and 22 RBI, he’s only earned $2.45 million this season Dollars and is under contract until 2024.

The Brewers have three catchers – Omar Narvaez, Victor Caratini and Pedro Severino – and while some teams have done their homework on Narvaez, rivals feel they want to move Severino, who is ineligible to play after a postseason PED suspension .

St. Louis Cardinals

The Cardinals are looking for starting pitchers and are expected to add at least 1-2 starting pitchers. According to sources, the team is considering bigger, more meaningful upgrades than last season’s additions of JA Happ and Jon Lester.

Boston Red Sox

The Red Sox have not yet determined whether they will buy or sell. But after being swept by the Blue Jays after the All-Star break, there’s an increasing likelihood they’ll sell. So what could that look like?

Their trading options include right-handers Nathan Eovaldi and Michael Wacha, left-handers Rich Hill and designated hitter JD Martinez, among others. Shortstop Xander Bogaerts, who can terminate his contract after the 2022 season, is considered unlikely.

Eovaldi should generate broad interest from teams that need to start pitching. Martinez has long been considered a strong fit for the New York Mets by rival executives.

Chicago Cubs

As ESPN’s Jeff Passan It reportedly appears to be a matter of timing, not whether Willson Contreras will be traded – and his hugs with Ian Happ in the Cubs dugout all but confirmed it. Possibilities include the Houston Astros and the New York Mets.

Outfielder Ian Happ has been linked with the San Diego Padres and Toronto Blue Jays and is a strong contender for the trade, according to sources. Happ, who will soon be 28, is signed until 2023 and, as a switch hitter who likes to swing from the left, would add a coveted left-handed bat to the Blue Jays’ lineup.

The Cubs have two of the best helpers out there in David Robertson and Mychal Givens. The Mets “love” Robertson, sources say, who also fits in with the Yankees and other teams who need late-inning help. Givens is attracting interest from numerous teams, while aide Chris Martin is another potential trader.

Atlanta Braves

While the Braves look to outfield help after Adam Duvall’s season-ending injury, one possibility could be A outfielder Chad Pinder. Of course, the Braves and A’s nailed Matt Olson’s mega deal ahead of opening day and know each other well. Latest information on Juan Soto, Cardinals trade destinations and more

John Verrall

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