The tension is building as Major League Baseball’s trade deadline arrives today at 6 p.m. ET. There have already been several big names on the move — and there’s no doubt that more will be coming.
Will Juan Soto be next? The bidding war for the All-Star outfielder has come down to the Padres, St. Louis Cardinals and Los Angeles Dodgers, according to multiple reports.
Follow along with today’s action and get the latest news and rumors counting down to the deadline:
Yankees land Frankie Montas, have improved everywhere
The New York Yankees have been sitting atop the baseball world all season, but were much more worried about their team than they ever publicly revealed.
So, what did they do?
They grabbed Oakland A’s ace Frankie Montas on Monday when they couldn’t get Cincinnati Reds ace Luis Castillo. They passed on Brewers All-Star closer Josh Hader, who went to San Diego, but turned around and acquired Oakland closer Lou Trivino in the Montas trade. They acquired Cubs rookie reliever Scott Effross, too. They’re out on the Juan Soto sweepstakes, but acquired Andrew Benintendi from the Kansas City Royals last week.
Brewers think they can still win without Josh Hader
The Milwaukee Brewers let teams know early in July that four-time All-Star closer Josh Hader was available, believing they could still win the NL Central without him, but warned the asking price would be steep.
Well, they soon will find out if they’re correct in their assessment, trading Hader to the San Diego Padres on Monday for closer Trevor Rogers, starter Dinelson Lamet, pitching prospect Robert Gasser and outfield prospect Esteury Ruiz.
“Trading good players on good teams is difficult, and that certainly is the case with Josh,” Brewers president David Stearns said. “We also recognize that to give our organization the best chance for sustained competitiveness, to avoid the extended down periods that so many organizations experience, we must make decisions that are not easy.”
The 2022 Tigers weren’t supposed to be sellers. How it all went wrong.
There was a time, not too long ago, when the Detroit Tigers envisioned a much different approach at the 2022 trade deadline — 6 p.m. Tuesday, less than two hours before they play the Twins in Minnesota.
On paper, the Tigers were lined up to compete. But on the field, due to myriad injuries and poor performances, the Tigers have the third-worst record in the AL, and the offense — averaging 3.21 runs per game — is one of the worst in baseball history.
“I’m just trying to make sure our guys realize we put ourselves in this situation,” Hinch said. “We have to deal with the consequences of the stress, anxiousness, curiosity and the reality that, if I was on the outside and I had a contending club, I would have a few pieces that I would want here, too.”
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: MLB trade deadline: Updates on rumors, news and deals on Tuesday