2022 MLB trade deadline: Time, date and eight other things to know as Juan Soto headlines the market

Major League Baseball teams have just a few more hours to finalize their summer shopping. This year’s MLB trade deadline will close at 6:00 PM ET on Tuesday, August 2nd. After that point, teams will no longer be able to execute trades until the end of the season.

The deadline would normally be July 31, but commissioner Rob Manfred was given the option to set it any day between July 28 and Aug. 3 as part of the new collective bargaining agreement between MLB and the MLB Players Association. That’s why, in short, the deadline is August 2nd, a few days later than normal.

Regardless of when the deadline rolls around, you might be wondering what the top storylines are in the final days of the trade season. CBS Sports has you covered below with information and answers to eight frequently asked questions.

1. Who are the best buyers and sellers?

Our own Dane Perry recently categorized each of the 30 teams as buyers, sellers or somewhere in between. While taking Perry seriously is always a risk, we chose to take it. Here’s a look at who he categorizes as buyers or sellers (note that these teams are listed alphabetically based on city name):

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

Any team not listed above is considered something of an average, meaning they can buy or sell, or they can stand, depending on how the negotiations go.

2. What notable moves have occurred so far?

The biggest trade of the deadline so far saw the Mariners acquire right fielder Luis Castillo from the Reds in exchange for four prospects, including infielders Noelvi Marte and Edwin Arroyo. (You can read our in-depth analysis of this here.)

Most of the other big dominoes have yet to fall, meaning the next tier of big trades other than Castillo involves outfielders heading to the American League East: Andrew Benintendi, who has linked up with the Yankees, and David Peralta, who joins Race. Hey, we said there are plenty of other names that could be moved sooner or later.

3. Will Soto be moved?

The biggest of those names will be Nationals outfielder Juan Soto, who became a free agent earlier this month after turning down a 15-year, $440 million extension.

Soto is a 23-year-old Hall of Famer 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 team best suited 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 such deals.

The Nationals appear incentivized to move Soto before the deadline, as the franchise is expected to be purchased by new owners this offseason. It seems unlikely that future owners will want their first big move to be trading away from the face of the franchise.

If and when a Soto trade happens, it’s worth noting that other team executives fully expect veteran left-hander Patrick Corbin to be brought in as financial ballast.

4. What about Ohtani?

The Angels have reportedly listened to offers for another young superstar in two-way phenom Shohei Ohtani, but a deal seems far less likely than in Soto’s case.

Ohtani is under team control for an additional season, but the situation is more complicated. Industry insiders who spoke to CBS Sports noted that owner Arte Moreno appears less inclined to greenlight a deal and that the Angels will likely keep Ohtani and try to win again in 2023.

It would be fair to say that if Ohtani is to be traded, then it will likely come this offseason — or, perhaps, the next deadline.

5. Who are the other top players out there?

Here are the top five available players based on our rankings that have not yet been traded or mentioned in this article:

  • #3 Frankie Montas, RHP, Athletics
  • #4 Brian Reynolds, OF, Pirates
  • No. 5 Sean Murphy, C, track and field
  • No. 6 Willson Contreras, C, Cubs
  • #7 Ian Happ, OF, Cubs

We’ll note that Reynolds seems unlikely to leave, and that the Athletics could also decide to hold onto Murphy until the winter. The other three — Montas, Contreras and Happ — appear to have a better than 50/50 chance of being moved by Tuesday night.

6. Will the Yankees move Gallo?

A name you’ll find much further down our rankings is Joey Gallo, the Yankees outfielder who has struggled since being acquired at the last trade deadline. Gallo is an upcoming free agent and increasingly a man without a home on New York’s roster.

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

Gallo is one of the more intriguing players at the deadline worth watching, if only for the chance to recapture his old form with a move from New York.

7. Can the Astros deal from depth?

It’s not often you see a clear separation of favorite players from the big league roster, but the Astros are rumored to be weighing trades that would send a starting pitcher and possibly an outfielder.

The Astros currently have a six-pitcher rotation that includes the likes of Jake Odorizzi and Jose Urquidi. On the outfield side of things, the Astros have reportedly received calls from Jose Siri, who has fallen from their temporary use of center field.

The Astros have expressed interest in Nationals catchers and first baseman Josh Bell, but it’s unclear if the aforementioned players will be involved in those deals.

8. Can the Braves conjure up some magic at the 2021 deadline?

We’ll finish by pointing out that the Braves, the defending World Series champions, positioned themselves to win the trophy last July when they acquired Jorge Soler, Eddie Rosario, Joc Pederson and Adam Duvall in undisclosed trades.

Will the Braves be able to pull off similar miracles over the next few days?

The Braves will likely be in the market for another bat, possibly of the right-handed variety. Likewise, you can count on them to enter the market, both starters and helpers, as is customary for contenders.

We’ll soon find out if the Braves can better position themselves for a repeat.

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