MLB trade deadline: time, date and six things to know with Juan Soto’s uncertain future

Major League Baseball teams have less than 12 hours to finalize their summer purchases. This year’s MLB trade deadline will expire at 6 pm ET on Tuesday, August 2. After that point, teams will no longer be able to trade until the offseason.

The deadline usually expires on July 31, but Commissioner Rob Manfred got the ability to set it to any day between July 28 and August 3 as part of the new Collective Bargaining Agreement between MLB and the Baseball Players Association. the MLB. Therefore, in short, the deadline is August 2, a few days later than normal.

Regardless of when the deadline is, you may be wondering what the biggest stories are coming up in the final days of trading season. CBS Sports has you covered below, with information and answers to eight frequently asked questions.

1. Who are the main buyers and sellers?

Our Dayn Perry recently ranked each of the 30 teams as either buyers, sellers, or something in between. While taking Perry seriously is always a risk, it’s one we’ve chosen to take. Here’s a look at who ranked as buyers or sellers (note that teams are listed alphabetically by their city name):

  • buyers: Braves, White Sox, Guardians, Astros, Dodgers, Brewers, Twins, Mets, Yankees, Phillies, Cardinals, Padres, Giants, Mariners, Rays, Rangers, Blue Jays
  • vendors: Diamondbacks, Cubs, Reds, Tigers, Royals, Angels, Marlins, Athletics, Pirates, Nationals

Any team not mentioned above was considered something in the middle, meaning they could buy or sell, or they could sit tight, depending on how the negotiations played out.

2. What notable movements have occurred so far?

The Mariners shook things up Friday by acquiring right-hander Luis Castillo from the Reds in exchange for four prospects, including infielders Noelvi Marte and Edwin Arroyo. (You can read our in-depth look at that one here.)

Things were relatively quiet until Monday, when several big moves occurred. The Yankees acquired Frankie Montas and Lou Trivino from the A’s, and the Astros added slugger Trey Mancini from Baltimore. But the most surprising move of the deadline came when the Padres and Brewers reached a deal to send All-Star closer Josh Hader to San Diego. read more here.

3. Will Soto be moved?

The biggest of those prominent names would be Nationals outfielder Juan Soto, who became available earlier this month after he turned down a 15-year, $440 million extension offer.

Soto is a 23-year-old player on a Hall of Fame track who is under team control for two more seasons after this one, making him one of the most sought-after trade targets in league history. CBS Sports identified the Cardinals as the most suitable team to land him based on their mix of prospects and young major leaguers, as well as their financial outlook and their front office’s history of making similar trades.

The Nationals would seem incentivized to move Soto before the deadline, as the new owners are expected to buy the franchise this offseason. It seems unlikely that the incoming owners will want their first big move to be changing the face of the franchise.

If and when a Soto trade happens, it’s worth noting that executives from other teams expect veteran southpaw Patrick Corbin to step in as a financial liability.

4. What about Ohtani?

The Angels have reportedly heard offers for another young superstar in two-way phenom Shohei Ohtani, but a trade seems far less likely than in the case of Soto.

Ohtani is under team control for one more season, but the situation is more complicated. Industry types who have spoken with CBS Sports have noted that owner Arte Moreno seems less inclined to greenlight a deal, and that the Angels will presumably hang on to Ohtani and try to win one more time in 2023.

It would be reasonable to say that if Ohtani is going to be traded, then it will likely be this offseason, or, perhaps, at the next trade deadline.

5. Who are the other best players out there?

Here are the top four players available based on our rankings that have yet to be traded or mentioned in this article:

We’ll note that Reynolds seems unlikely to leave and that the A’s could also decide to keep Murphy through the winter. The other two, Contreras and Happ, appear to have more than a 50/50 chance of being moved Tuesday night.

6. Will the Yankees move Gallo?

One name you’ll find much lower in our rankings is Joey Gallo, the Yankees outfielder who has struggled since being acquired at the last trade deadline. Gallo is an impending free agent and increasingly a homeless man on the New York roster.

Naturally, that combination has fueled speculation that Gallo could be on his way out, with the Padres and Rangers, among others, being singled out as potential destinations.

Gallo is one of the most intriguing Deadline players worth watching, if only for the chance that he might regain his former form by moving from New York.

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