MLB Trade Expiration: Date, Time, and Eight Other Things to Know How Juan Soto Titles Names on the Exchange Block

Major League Baseball teams only have a few more days to finalize their summer signings, as this year’s trade deadline expires at 6 p.m. ET on Tuesday, August 2. After that time, teams will no longer be able to execute deals until the off-season.

The deadline usually expires on July 31, but Commissioner Rob Manfred has gotten the chance to set it any day between July 28 and August 3 as part of the new collective bargaining agreement between the MLB and the MLB Players Association. This, in short, is why the deadline is August 2nd, a few days later than normal.

Regardless of when the deadline expires, you may be wondering what the main storylines are in the final days of the trading 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 Dayn Perry recently ranked each of the 30 teams as buyers, sellers, or something in between. While taking Perry seriously is always a risk, it’s one we’ve decided to take. Here is who classified as buyers or sellers (note that the teams are listed alphabetically by the name of their city):

  • 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 was considered somewhere in between, meaning they could either buy or sell, or they could stand, depending on how negotiations develop.

2. What noteworthy moves have taken place so far?

The biggest expiry trade to date has seen the Mariners acquire right-footed Luis Castillo from the Reds in exchange for four potential clients, including interns Noelvi Marte and Edwin Arroyo. (You can read our in-depth analysis of that here.)

Most of the other big dominoes are yet to fall, meaning the next level of big non-Castillo trading includes straight outfielders to the American League East: Andrew Benintendi joining the Yankees and David Peralta joining the Rays. Hey, we said there are a lot of other marquee names that may be moved sooner or later.

3. Will Soto be moved?

The biggest of those flagship names would be Nationals outfielder Juan Soto, who became available earlier this month after turning down a $ 440 million 15-year extension offer.

Soto is a 23-year-old on a Hall of Fame track who is under the team’s control for another two seasons after this one, making him one of the most sought-after commercial targets in championship history. CBS Sports has identified the Cardinals as the most suitable team to get it based on their combination of potential clients and young big league players, as well as their financial prospects and front office history of making similar trades.

The Nationals would seem incentivized to move Soto before the deadline, as the franchise is expected to be bought by new owners this off-season. It seems unlikely the incoming owners would want their first big move to be mistaken from the face of the franchise.

If and when a Soto trade does occur, it’s worth noting that executives with other teams expect left-handed veteran Patrick Corbin to be involved as financial ballast.

4. What about Ohtani?

The Angels have reportedly heard offers on another young superstar in the two-way phenomenon Shohei Ohtani, but an exchange seems far less likely than in Soto’s case.

Ohtani is under the control of the team for another season, but the situation is more complicated. Industry guys who spoke to CBS Sports noted that owner Arte Moreno seems less inclined to give the green light to a deal and that the Angels will presumably keep Ohtani and try once again to win in 2023.

It would be reasonable to say that if Ohtani were to be traded, it will likely arrive this off-season or, perhaps, the next deadline.

5. Who are the other top players out there?

Here are the top five players available based on our rankings that haven’t already been traded or mentioned in this piece:

  • No. 3 Frankie Montas, RHP, athletics
  • No. 4 Bryan Reynolds, OF, Pirates
  • No. 5 Sean Murphy, C, athletics
  • No. 6 Willson Contreras, C, Cubs
  • No. 7 Ian Happ, OF, Cubs

We will notice that Reynolds seems unlikely to leave and that Athletics may also decide to keep Murphy until the winter. The other three – Montas, Contreras and Happ – seem to have a better than 50/50 chance of being moved by Tuesday night.

6. Will the Yankees transfer Gallo?

One name you will find much further down our rankings is Joey Gallo, the Yankees winger who has struggled since being acquired in a trade last deadline. Gallo is an upcoming free agent and increasingly a homeless man on the New York roster.

Of course, that combination has fueled speculation that Gallo may be on the way out, with the Padres and Rangers, among others, standing out as potential destinations.

Gallo is one of the more intriguing players of the deadline that is worth watching, if only for the possibility that he can recover his old form with a transfer from New York.

7. Could Astros negotiate from the depths?

It’s not often that you see a clear favorite division swapping players from the big league roster, but the Astros are said to weigh deals that would send a starting pitcher and possibly a winger.

The Astros currently have a rotation of six launches which includes the likes of Jake Odorizzi and José Urquidy. On the outer side of things, the Astros would get calls about Jose Siri, who fell from the midfield timeshare.

The Astros have expressed interest in receivers and Nationals first baseman Josh Bell, but it’s unclear if the aforementioned players would be involved in those deals.

8. Can Braves conjure up the magic of the 2021 deadline?

We conclude by noting that the Braves, the reigning World Series champions, positioned themselves to win the trophy last July when they acquired Jorge Soler, Eddie Rosario, Joc Pederson and Adam Duvall in unannounced deals.

Will the Braves be able to perform similar miracles in the coming days?

The Braves will presumably be on the market for another bat, probably of the right-handed variety. Likewise, you can count on them checking in on the launch market, both starters and pupils, as is customary for contenders.

We will soon find out if the Braves can position themselves better for a repetition.

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