Tensions mount as the Major League Baseball trade deadline arrives at 6 p.m. ET today. There have already been several big names on the move – and no doubt more will come.
The biggest name in the market found a new home as the San Diego Padres landed superstar outfielder Juan Soto from the Washington Nationals. Soto and first baseman Josh Bell travel to San Diego on a package that includes first baseman Eric Hosmer, left-hander MacKenzie Gore and four prospects.
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The San Diego Padres make a huge statement in their bid to reach the World Series by clinching the biggest prize of the trade deadline, agreeing to acquire All-Star outfielder Juan Soto and first baseman Josh Bell of the Washington Nationals for first baseman Eric Hosmer, left-hander MacKenzie Gore and a group of four prospects, shortstop CJ Abrams, outfielders Robert Hassell III and James Wood, and right-hander Jarlin Susana.
The Padres will not only have Soto for this year’s playoffs, but for the next two seasons as well. He is eligible for salary arbitration in 2023 and 2024 before becoming an unrestricted free agent. It’s one of the reasons the Nationals were able to secure such a high price for Soto’s services, even though he will receive what could be a record refereeing salary.
Earlier this season, the Soto turned down a record 15-year, $440 million contract offer stay with the Nationals. Although the deal would have been the largest in baseball history, it would only cost an average of $29.33 million per year, making him the 20th highest-paid player by annual value.
Desperate for help from the bullpen, the Minnesota Twins acquired 2022 AL All-Star Jorge Lopez from the Baltimore Orioles.
The O’s will get left-hander Cade Povich, right-handed reliever Yennier Cano and other low-level prospects in exchange for the 29-year-old Lopez.
In by far the best season of his seven-year careerLopez made the transition from a struggling starter (3-14, 6.07 ERA in 2021) to a closer lightsout – converting 19 of 23 save chances and pitching to a 1.68 ERA in 44 appearances .
The Twins went through multiple closures after trading 2021 Taylor Rogers All-Star to the Padres this spring. Emilio Pagan leads the team with nine saves, but has missed six other save opportunities and has a 4.75 ERA. Five other Twins relievers made at least one save.
MLB teams aren’t the only ones looking to improve their rosters at the trade deadline. In the next issue of USA TODAY Sports Weekly, Steve Gardner offers his winners and losers from a fantastic point of view. Here are a few :
SP Luis Castillo, sailors. Somehow, Castillo managed to set a 2.86 ERA and a 1.07 WHIP with Cincinnati — in one of the majors’ happiest baseball fields. In Seattle, he’ll have a much more neutral home park and better defense behind him. The schedule also helps the Ms with 25 games to play against sub-0.500 split opponents the Angels, Rangers and A’s — and none against the first-place Astros.
PR Devin Williams, Brewers. MLB saves fantasy value leader Josh Hader wasn’t going to change whether he changed teams or not. Once he does, moving from the Brewers to the Padres, Williams immediately becomes a top-10 fantasy in Milwaukee. Maybe the top five. (Felix Bautista of the Orioles gets a similar value boost with Jorge Lopez traded to Minnesota.)
1B Trey Mancini, Astros. Mancini was one of the hardest-hit hitters for the Orioles, who pushed the left-field wall 30 feet back this season. After hitting 14 home runs at Camden Yards a year ago, Mancini has only had five this season (including one of the inside-park variety). Hitting fly balls at a career-high rate, Houston’s Crawford Boxes, by comparison, should seem like a short distance for Mancini.
SP Frankie Montas, Yankees. With the Mariners landing Castillo first, the Yankees made a strong and successful push for the No. 2 starting pitcher in the market. Montas’ 4-9 record belies his excellent 3.18 ERA and 1.18 WHIP. However, he has taken full advantage of the spacious Oakland Coliseum this season. Over 12 starts at Oakland, Montas has a 2.06 ERA; in seven starts on the road, his ERA is over 5.00.
BY David Peralta, Rays. Primarily a pack hitter, Peralta shouldn’t see much change in his role playing primarily against right-handers. However, the AL East is the toughest division in the majors and the Rays like to change their rosters more than most teams. The Rays also acquired outfielder Jose Siri on Monday and are expected to return Manuel Margot and Harold Ramirez to the injured list soon.
Fantasy coaches in AL and NL leagues only. That could change with a flurry of activity on deadline day. But as the last 24 hours of negotiations began to tick away, the number of cross-divisional deals was disappointing. Perhaps the possibility of a swap deal with Juan Soto put a number of other deals on hold. Whatever the reason, hoarding his FAAB dollars until the last minute in hopes of nabbing a superstar from the opposite league seems like a dangerous gamble yet again.
The San Diego Padres are now considered by many observers to be the ‘most motivated’ team to put together a package for Juan Sotoin the words of Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.
They have several top prospects — including shortstop CJ Abrams and outfielder Robert Hassell III — who would be key to creating a package the Nationals would accept.
Barry Svrluga of The Washington Post goes one step further, calling the Padres the “likeliest landing spot” for Soto. Additionally, he says the Padres could also acquire first baseman Josh Bell as part of a deal with Soto.
What differentiates the Padres from other rumored suitors for Soto is that they might have a little more trouble signing him to a long-term extension before he becomes a free agent at the end of the 2024 season. That’s because they already have two huge contracts in the pipeline with Fernando Tatis (14 years, $340 million) and Manny Machado (10 years, $340 million). However, Machado’s contract allows him to retire after the 2024 season.
According to USA TODAY’s Bob Nightengale, the Padres wouldn’t necessarily have to exhaust their farming system for years if they acquired Soto. They could always trade him for other top prospects before he becomes a free agent.
New York Yankees have been sitting atop the baseball world all seasonbut were much more worried about their team than they ever publicly revealed.
So what did they do?
They caught Oakland ace A Frankie Montas Monday when they couldn’t get Cincinnati Reds ace Luis Castillo. They transmitted Josh Hader, closer to the Brewers All-Star, who went to San Diego, but turned around and acquired Oakland closer to Lou Trivino in the Montas trade. They also acquired Cubs rookie reliever Scott Effross. They are in the Juan Soto draft, but acquired Andrew Benintendi from the Kansas City Royals last week.
The Milwaukee Brewers let teams know in early July that four times closer to the stars Josh Hader was available, believing they could still win the NL Central without him, but warned the asking price would be high.
Well, they’ll soon find out if they’re right in their assessment.trading Hader to the San Diego Padres on Monday for closest Trevor Rogers, starter Dinelson Lamet, pitching prospect Robert Gasser and outfield prospect Esteury Ruiz.
“Trading good players with good teams is tough, and that’s certainly the case with Josh,” Brewers chairman David Stearns said. “We also recognize that to give our organization the best chance of being competitive in the long term, to avoid the extended downtimes that so many organizations are experiencing, we have to make decisions that are not easy.”
There was a time, not so long ago, when the The Detroit Tigers considered a very different approach at the 2022 trade deadline – 6 p.m. Tuesday, less than two hours before playing the Twins in Minnesota.
On paper, the Tigers were lined up to compete. But on the field, due to a myriad of injuries and poor performances, the Tigers have the third-worst record in the AL, and the offense – averaging 3.21 points per game – is one worst in baseball history.
“I’m just trying to make sure our guys realize we put ourselves in this situation,” Hinch said. “We have to deal with the consequences of stress, anxiety, curiosity and the reality that if I was on the outside and had a club in contention, I would have a few pieces that I would like. here too.”