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.
This Morning — MLB Trade Deadline Updates
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.