Predict Which Teams Are Most Active at the 2022 MLB Trade Deadline | Bleacher report

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    The Aug. 2 trade deadline is less than two months, meaning baseball fans and observers need to have a more realistic sense of the possibilities of the trade.

    Here at B/R, we’ve done an early prediction for the deadline and more recently made a bold forecast for a good move.

    Those contenders and pretenders are clearer even more than last week.

    Teams that have the opportunity to make the new 12 -team playoff format are more likely to be buyers before the deadline. Reality is set for others, at least those who actually try.

    So let’s predict which team is the most active at the deadline.

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    Citizen trade rumors became the focus of Juan Soto, who was controlled by team general manager Mike Rizzo to avoid trading.

    But they should still be expected to operate in the same fashion last year, when they offloaded proven veterans in exchange for prospects.

    Consider Josh Bell and Nelson Cruz as two obvious potential trade divisions for the Nationals. Bell is slashing .300 / .371 / .419 with five home runs and 31 RBI over 57 games. He was in the final year of the deal.

    Cruz traded a week before last year’s deadline and should attract interest even if his production as a designated hitter has clearly dropped.

    Citizens should see Cruz in the same way the Minnesota Twins saw him a year ago. The question is whether there are competitors, like Tampa Bay last year, who want him.

    He was still holding the ball hard enough.

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    The Padres are closer to contender status than in a disappointing 2021, but they still need an impact bat.

    Credit to the pitching staff is one of the best in baseball. Only three teams had a lower WHIP. Only six teams have more attacks, and only five allow fewer.

    Meanwhile, the Padres offense is well below the league average OPS, sandwiched between non-contending Texas Rangers and Baltimore Orioles. Only four teams have fewer homes.

    Fernando Tatis Jr. is expected to return from a pelvic fracture, but that won’t prevent San Diego from getting outside help to overcome his offensive deficiencies.

    James Clark of Kali Kampung Timur reported earlier this week the Padres were in “exploration negotiations” with the Kansas City Royals for a trade for Andrew Benintendi.

    MLB insider Robert Murray reported the Padres have shown interest in Chad Pinder, who may not be available for trade but used to play for San Diego manager Bob Melvin in Oakland.

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    With Willson Contreras set to pursue free agency after this season, it’s no surprise that the Cubs are parting ways with star catchers.

    He was one of the few holdovers left from the 2016 World Series team, which was blown up ahead of last year’s deadline. Contreras and the Cubs avoided arbitration Thursday by reaching an agreement that Jesse Rogers of ESPN reported was $ 9,625 million.

    The fact that they have not progressed towards a long -term deal shows the writing on the wall for Contreras ’eventual departure.

    He will be the top attack catcher in this upcoming free agent class, so the question is who wants to risk hiring half a season before it’s time to pay off this offseason.

    Aside from Contreras, the Cubs ’most obvious trade candidate is David Robertson. Age 37 is closer to a one -year deal, and many teams will be interested in a reliever with an ERA of 1.66.

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    At the end of the month, when Jake Meyers is expected to return to the big leagues after rehabbing from a collapsed labrum, the Astros will be bustling in midfield.

    Some time later than that, every time Lance McCullers Jr. returns, the Astros will have seven viable starting pitchers.

    All the while, they have a sharp hole in the line at the catcher and first base. It’s not every catcher should hit like Willson Contreras. But Martin Maldonado this season is the only non-competitive bat in the lineup, regardless of position. And somehow, Jason Castro is even worse on the plate.

    They could use more offense than the catcher position, and Contreras just goes in a lame-duck situation with the Cubs.

    The Astros also didn’t get enough of AL batting champion Yuli Gurriel, who turned 38 Thursday.

    Gurriel’s OPS is .618. He cut .218/.267/.351. All of those numbers are easily the worst since reaching the big leagues in 2016.

    So the Astros can use offensive assistance from the catcher and first base position. Josh Bell and Contreras have expired contracts with non-contenders.

    Convenient.

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    Since it’s become clear that the Reds aren’t trying to be competitive in the future, it’s been a long-awaited game when it comes to getting rid of their remaining talent.

    That’s where starting Luis Castillo and Tyler Mahle play. MLB insider Peter Gammons reports that the Reds are “happy to talk” about Castillo and Mahle’s trade.

    Why not the same? Cincinnati against the Washington Nationals for the worst record in the National League. It’s not like the Reds go anywhere that matters, anytime.

    He started selling earlier this season when he released Wade Miley and sold Tucker Barnhart, pitcher Sonny Gray, Amir Garrett, Eugenio Suarez and Jesse Winker.

    One has to imagine the Reds are going to accomplish what they started by eliminating this roster.

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    Injuries have debilitated the Mets ’starting rotation, and they could use some depth.

    A legitimate postseason run seems like a reality for the Mets after heavy spending this past offseason. He has a seven -game lead against World Series champions Atlanta on Thursday, while PECOTA projections give him a 96.9 percent chance of making the playoffs.

    But for capitalization, they need insurance. Max Scherzer and Tylor Megill haven’t been up since May, while Jacob deGrom hasn’t taken the mound this season.

    Andy Martino of SNY reported earlier this week that the Mets “are not only looking for a last -ditch help in the next two months, but the quality of pitching is more general, even if they expect Jacob deGrom, Max Scherzer and Tylor Megill to return.”

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    The Frankie Montas watch trade started well before the season when it was clear A’s had a fire sale. The question has never been if, but when Oakland will trade them.

    After trading away Chris Bassitt, Sean Manaea, Matt Chapman and Matt Olson, Montas is the next logical step as Oakland rebuilds.

    He is one of the top weapons in baseball. Montas ranks in the top 10 in strikeouts and pitched innings.

    B / R’s Zachary D. Rymer recently ranked potential landing spot for pitcher A’s, with the Mets topping the list.

    The team must be willing to give up high -level prospects for accomplished talent like Montas, who also has another arbitration year after this season.

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    With the best record in baseball, the Yankees are clearly in win-now mode, with no weaknesses.

    The first rotation went into action Thursday on top of baseball at FanGraphs WAR. Her bullpen ranks number two in fWAR. The offense ranks second in the OPS, just behind the Los Angeles Dodgers.

    But don’t expect the Yankees to stand pat, and they have some valuable assets that should gain interest in the trading market.

    MLB.com Bryan Hoch cites left -pitching prospect Ken Waldichuk as an interesting potential trade chip this summer for the Yankees.

    Miguel Andujar, a former top prospect who is now 27, got a trade last week after his demotion to Triple-A. Andujar, who Yankees manager Aaron Boone said was relegated as a result of a “difficult numbers game,” has been looking for a trade since late last season, according to New York Post.

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    The Brewers are another team associated with Royals outfield player Andrew Benintendi. Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal has mentioned Benintendi as an interesting fit for teams looking for a left bat, like the Brewers and New York Mets.

    While Benintendi is a left -handed player, he has waited for time in the middle before, although his last was in 2019. This is a central field where the Brewers can use the boost by attacking.

    Lorenzo Cain had the worst season of his career.

    Only two teams are worse in the wRC+ than Milwaukee from a midfield position: the Reds and A.

    Meanwhile, Benintendi entered Thursday with a batting average, fourth in wRC + and sixth in fWAR among major league left-backs.

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    It’s incredible how the Dodgers remain one of the top three teams in baseball despite the lackluster performances of some of the best players, such as Justin Turner, Cody Bellinger and Max Muncy, who were turned off the 10 -day injury list on Friday.

    Deep has been a strength of this team in running over the past decade.

    With that in mind, expect the Dodgers to pursue player positions and bullpen arms at the deadline.

    Reliever Tommy Kahnle was placed on the 60 -day injury list on May 28 after initially entering the 10 -day injury list in mid -May with an arm strain. Injured pair Kahnle with an uncertain return schedule Blake Treinen (shoulder), and the Dodgers could use some bullfighting.

    Infielder Edwin Rios suffered a right hamstring tear when he came out of the ground ball last week, and manager Dave Roberts has said he will be out in at least a few weeks.

    Kevin Pillar is likely out for this season due to a broken left shoulder. As big as the Dodgers are, they have a few holes to fill.