MLB trade rumours: Cardinals’ Juan Soto talks heat up; Yankees eye Frankie Montas and Luis Castillo

The 2022 MLB Trade Deadline is less than a week away and all eyes are on Nationals prodigy John Soto. The Cardinals are considered the favoriteyet more than a few clubs have the parts and the motivation to strike a deal. Here are Wednesday’s Trade Deadline rumors as we await Soto’s latest developments.

Gorman, Corbin in the de Soto business?

The Cardinals, identified by CBS Sports as favorites to land Nationals outfielder Juan Soto has ‘stepped up’ his efforts to get a deal done, According to Jeff Jones of Belleville New Democrat.

Jones reports Cardinals latest offer includes second baseman Nolan Gormanas well as left-handed Nationals Patrick Corbin. CBS Sports reported last week that Corbin was to be included in any potential deal as a way to balance the trade and clean up the books for the Nationals’ next ownership group. As we explained then:

Hooking Corbin up to Soto is a way for the Nationals to get a better deal, but not in the conventional “the other team will then add more to their side” sense. On the contrary, Corbin has been a well-below-replacement pitcher in his last 50 starts, amassing a 5.84 ERA (68 ERA+) and a 2.46 strikeout ratio on the walk. He also owes an additional $60 million over the next two seasons. Relinquishing this commitment would be a win and even help the scales when viewed from the cold, dollar-based calculation framework mentioned above.

Gorman, 22, batted .223/.299/.411 (103 OPS+) in his first 194 plate appearances.

Yankees interested in the best veteran newbies

Veteran left-hander José Quintana, who is in full career recovery with the pirateattracts commercial interest from a variety of suitors, including the Yankees and White socks, after Robert Murray.

Coincidentally, Quintana was a member of the Yankees and White Sox organizations. He never pitched for Big League club New York, but he spent parts of six seasons in the White Sox rotation.

Quintana has started 19 games this season and has amassed a 3.70 ERA (114 ERA+) and 2.93 strikeout ratio in those contests. He is a free agent at the end of the year.

The Yankees are also interested in Frankie Montas and castle louisthe two best starters on the market, according to Jon Heyman. No deal is known to be close, however.

Dodgers looking at cooper

The Dodgers have an interest in marlins first baseman / outfielder Garrett Cooper, according to Jon Heyman. Heyman notes that the Dodgers, among others, can wait to see what happens with Soto before moving on to other potential targets.

Cooper, for his part, was highlighted by CBS Sports as one of the top 30 trade contenders of the summer. Here’s what we wrote back then:

It’s unclear if the Marlins will entertain Cooper on the move, but he is and will remain popular demand due to his rock-solid offensive skills. It hits the ball hard and at an optimized angle; he smokes fastballs and has a league average odor rate; it has shown no platoon splitting to date; etc Of course, you didn’t need to know all of that to realize he’s good with the stick; all you had to do was watch his .292/.370/.472 slash line during the pandemic era. Cooper won’t be a free agent until next season, but if the Marlins are feeling bleak about their chances — of making the playoffs during the year and/or retaining him beyond that point — then they could at least listen to what other teams would be willing to part ways with.

Astros on Contreras

The Astros, who have received little production from their backstops this season, are among the teams interested in Cubs recipient Willson Contreras, by Jeff Passan of ESPN. Contreras, a looming free agent, has batted .258/.373/.470 (136 OPS+) with 14 home runs and 21 extra hits in his first 82 games this season.

The Astros currently rely on Martín Maldonado and Korey Lee to maintain the catch-up position. Neither has produced much offensively; same for me Jason Castrowho doesn’t seem to be recovering quickly from a knee injury.

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