Buyers, sellers and players to watch

With the August 2 MLB trade deadline approaching, the league’s teams will look to either acquire or part ways with their star players in the coming week. As the trade discussions between the clubs continue, here’s a look at what potential buyers, sellers and players can see on the trading block:

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new York Yankees

Despite receiving All-Star outfielder Andrew Benintendi from the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday night, the Bronx Bombers are still looking to add more talent. The club has recently expressed interest in acquiring formidable weapons for its rotation and injury-prone bullpen – which suffered a heavy setback after the injury to Michael King – such as pitchers. frankie montaso and David Robertson.

New York Mets

The Yankees’ crosstown rival will also be in the mix to add more talent in the coming days after acquiring DH Daniel Vogelbach from the Pirates, as well as outfielder Tyler Nequin and LHP Philippe Diehl from the Reds. Catcher Wilson Contreras and DH Tre Mancini have emerged as potential lineup upgrades for Amazon, who will likely purchase a bullpen arm.

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atlanta brave

As Atlanta continues to chase the Mets into the NL East, they will likely look to bolster their already strong lineup with similar minor acquisitions with the addition of Adam Duvall, Eddie Rosario and George Soler on last year’s deadline. . Possible reinforcements could include greater pitching depth and better replacement at second base, which is currently held by Robinson Canoe in relief of the injured Ozzy Albiz.

Houston Astros

The Astros are the heavy favorites to win the AL West, but may feel the need to strengthen their roster to secure a home-field advantage over the Yankees in the playoffs. Positions needed may include left-handed reliever, backup catcher and first baseman. Josh Bell has consistently emerged as a possible answer to replace Houston’s struggling first baseman Yuli Gurrill, who has owned the .218/.270/.260 slash line this season.

Josh Bell
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St. Louis Cardinals

St. Louis sent shockwaves through MLB last week when he was named a potential front-runner by rival teams adding Juan Soto. The club has a plethora of young talent that they can use to acquire other impressive players – such as a bullpen piece or a rotational arm to replace the recently injured Steven Matts – if a blockbuster deal doesn’t happen.

Seattle Mariners

The Mariners made one of the biggest opening splashes on Friday night ahead of the MLB trade deadline by trading for Reds ace Luis Castillo. Although Seattle would like to avoid making any further big moves after three of their top five prospects (ranked by MLB Pipeline) tackle Cincinnati in exchange for Castillo, look to them to add one more bat to their offense, scoring 23 in the runs. ranked th. ,

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citizens of Washington

Nets superstar Juan Soto boasts one of the most coveted trading goals available, but it remains to be seen whether any team will be prepared to meet the club’s astronomical asking price. Washington could also look to tackle LHP Patrick Corbin’s abysmal contract in a deal with Soto alongside his sure-hitting first baseman Josh Bell.

Chicago Cubs

Chicago is clearly in rebuilding mode as they are 18 games under .500 and 14.5 games behind the Milwaukee Brewers for first place in the NL Central. The club will likely be set to participate with many of its formidable stars, such as catcher Wilson Contreras, reliever David Robertson, lefty Drew Smiley and third baseman Patrick Wisdom.

Boston Red Sox

The Red Sox entered July, sitting in 10 games above .500, but fell back in the standings due to a miserable July. With their playoff hopes rapidly fading, the reeling club may look to tackle their powerful bat in DH JD Martinez or catcher Christian Vasquez. For Boston’s cornerstone pieces, infielders Rafael Devers and Xander Bogarts will likely remain, insisting later Thursday that it will not be traded,

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Miami Marlins

Miami sits only a few games from the last NL wild card spot, yet according to ace Sandy Alcantara, has expressed a willingness to trade everyone. John Heyman of the Post, Pablo López headlines the pack of players available as a dependable and cheap starting hand, but the club can also send reliable batsmen from Garrett Cooper, Brian Anderson and John Bertie.

Detroit Tigers

The Tigers came into the 2022 season with high hopes after signing shortstop Javier Baez in the off-season for $140 million, but currently have the third-worst record in the American League at 40-60. Michael Fulmer has done well in his new bullpen role and could attract interest, as well as fellow pitchers Michael Pineda, Andrew Chaffin and Gregory Soto.

players to watch

Juan Soto, Nationals

The 23-year-old has been the talk of the league in recent weeks, when he declined a 15-year, $440 million offer from Washington. The Padres have emerged as the front runners to take down the talent of the generation, although the Cardinals, Rangers and Dodgers are still in the hunt.

Juan Soto
Juan Soto
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Josh Bell, Nationals

While most eyes in Washington will be on Soto, citizens will also look to Bell to strike a deal at the right price. The 29-year-old currently boasts a .302/.387/.877 slash line and will be a free agent at the end of the season.

Wilson Contreras, Cubs

Contreras’ time in Chicago seems to be coming to an end, as the longtime Cubs issued an emotional goodbye to the Wrigley home crowd earlier this week. Both the Mets and the Giants have emerged as the favorites to take down the slugger in the midst of a lackluster game from their catchers.

Wilson Contreras
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JD Martinez, Red Sox

If the Red Sox wants to be a seller on the trade deadline, they can start by trading veteran JD Martinez, who has a .293 batting average and nine home runs this season. The 34-year-old will become a free agent after the 2022 season and could be a reliable bat for many teams needing help in the DH position.

Shohei Ohtani, Angels

Los Angeles has begun to entertain potential offers for Ohtani, who joins Soto on the list of best available stars. However, as of now, it seems that the Ohtani-Angels divorce is unlikely.

Frankie Montas, Athletics

With the recent departure of Luis Castillo to Seattle, Frankie Montas now ranks as arguably the best starter available on the market. A’s ace is drawn Huge interest from YankeesThe Cardinals are also keeping an eye on him.

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