2022 MLB trade deadline: Time, date and six other things to know as Juan Soto remains available

Major League Baseball teams have less than 24 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 Mariners shook things up on Friday by acquiring 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.)

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

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 deal happens, it’s worth noting that other team executives 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 four available players based on our rankings that have not yet been traded or mentioned in this article:

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 two — 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.

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