MLB trade rumors: Shohei Ohtani to stay with Angels at deadline, but Yankees, Padres make ‘serious’ offers

The 2022 MLB trade deadline is 6 p.m. ET on Tuesday (August 2), so teams now have less than 36 hours to address needs and improve their rosters for the stretch run . We’ve already seen a few big names and more deals are sure to come.

Here are the rumors for Monday’s trade deadline.

Angels to keep Ohtani despite ‘serious’ interest from Yankees, more

The Yankees, Padres and White Sox were among the teams that inquired about Angels two-way star Shohei Ohtani in recent days, but the Angels have since decided they will not move him before Tuesday’s trade deadline, according to Jon Heyman. Heyman says those teams have made “serious” offers for the reigning AL MVP.

Heyman notes that Angels owner Arte Moreno doesn’t want Ohtani traded, even though he could qualify for free agency after next season. CBS Sports detailed Sunday why Moreno is the biggest potential obstacle to an Ohtani trade, writing the following:

It’s easy to see why Moreno would back down. He has spent a lot of money on the Angels over the years without getting much in return. The Angels changed players, managers and general managers without much success. Moreno was the constant. At some point, being the stable face of failure has to take a toll on your ego. Trading Ohtani would be an admission that he and his brain trust could never figure out a way to build a winner despite being gifted with two generational talents.

The Yankees have since made a different move, bringing in reliever Scott Efros from the Cubs in exchange for a pitching prospect.

The Rangers entered Monday with a 52-49 record, which puts them 1 1/2 games back for the final American League wild-card spot. They have at least had discussions about upgrading the plate, asking about Athletics catcher Sean Murphy. However, those talks haven’t progressed much, according to Zack Meisel of The Athletic.

CBS Sports ranked Murphy as one of the top players potentially available this summer, noting:

Murphy is under team control through the 2025 season, but the A’s have some reason to move him sooner than necessary. On the one hand, they have Shea Langeliers ready and waiting in Triple-A; on the other hand, if you’re looking to downsize your list to cut costs, you might as well go all-in. Any time the A’s get serious about moving Murphy, he’ll be a sought-after commodity. He has hit for above average in more than 1,000 major league plate appearances and appears to have more raw power in his bat than he realized in the game: earlier this season he recorded an exit velocity of 114 mph, a number that puts him in the neighborhood of Mike Trout and Bryce Harper. The bottom line is that Murphy doesn’t have to hit as much as he does to be a valuable player; he’s a terrific defender who rates well in all the most important categories, including framing, throwing and stick handling. That he offers any kind of offensive value, not to mention good offensive value for a safety, makes him a big asset.

According to Meisel, Oakland claims the team is in no rush to move Murphy because of his years of remaining control over the team. It remains to be seen if their stance softens as the deadline approaches.

Astros interested in Choi, Vazquez

The Astros have one of the most secure division leads in baseball. That doesn’t stop them from pursuing upgrades at first base and catcher. For example, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reported Sunday that Houston has expressed interest in both Rays first baseman Ji-Man Choi and Red Sox catcher Christian Vasquez.

Choi, a free agent after the 2023 season, has posted a .257/.355/.415 slash line (125 OPS+) in 75 games. It’s unclear how serious the Rays would be about moving him, given that they are currently the second wild card team in the AL and could use the offense.

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Vazquez, a free agent at the end of the season, hit .282/.327/.432 (108 OPS+) in his first 84 games this season. He’s also traditionally known as an above-average defender, though Statcast’s framing metrics have him a hair below par this season, for whatever that’s worth.

The Astros are also known to be interested in Nationals first baseman Josh Bell and Cubs catcher Willson Contreras, among others.

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