MLB trade deadline

Major League Baseball's 2022 trade deadline is at 6 p.m. ET Tuesday. The Nationals and Padres have a blockbuster deal in place that sends Juan Soto and Josh Bell to San Diego in return for a haul.Follow along here for updates, news and analysis from The Athletic staff.(Photo of Juan Soto: Brad Mills / USA Today)

Stephen J. Nesbitt, Eno Sarris and The Athletic MLB Staff

August 2, 2022 at 2:47 PM EDT

MLB trade deadline 2022 live tracker: Latest on Juan Soto trade, rumors and analysis

Major League Baseball‘s 2022 trade deadline is at 6 p.m. ET Tuesday.

The Nationals and Padres have a blockbuster deal in place that sends Juan Soto and Josh Bell to San Diego in return for a haul.

Follow along here for updates, news and analysis from The Athletic staff.

(Photo of Juan Soto: Brad Mills / USA Today)

August 2, 2022 at 2:47 PM EDT

Eric Hosmer headed to Red Sox

Ken Rosenthal

Ken Rosenthal·

Senior Writer, MLB

Padres almost certainly paying vast majority of remaining financial obligation to Hosmer – more than $7M this season, plus $39 million from ‘23 to ‘25 – in deal with Red Sox. Boston not on his no-trade list. First: @sdutSanders.

— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) August 2, 2022

August 2, 2022 at 2:33 PM EDT

Joey Gallo to Dodgers, pending medical records: Source

Joey Gallo possible for Dodgers, source says.

Deal would be for Double-A RHP Clayton Beeter, per Pat Ragazzo.

Ken Rosenthal

Ken Rosenthal·

Senior Writer, MLB

Gallo represents insurance for Dodgers if one or more of their slumping hitters fails to revive or if someone currently healthy gets injured. Of course, Gallo has been slumping all season, too.

— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) August 2, 2022

August 2, 2022 at 2:13 PM EDT

Orioles trade Jorge López for lottery tickets

Tuesday’s dealing of closer Jorge López was nothing short of a combination to the gut and throat.

How could general manager Mike Elias, with a roster that has courageously fought above its weight all season, deal away the team’s lone All-Star and bullpen linchpin who is under club control through 2024 for four mostly unheralded pitchers, only one of which has reached above High A?

It’s a travesty. It’s a deflator. It’s a reason to stop hoping on this 2022 team.

And it’s also what a Major League Baseball rebuild is all about.

Dan Connolly

Dan Connolly·

Senior Writer, Baltimore

Orioles trade Jorge López for lottery tickets: Deflating, frustrating, all part of the plan

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Orioles trade Jorge López for lottery tickets: Deflating, frustrating, all part of the plan

August 2, 2022 at 2:11 PM EDT

Analysis on the Blue Jays-Marlins trade

The Blue Jays have been after reinforcements for the bullpen this deadline, and with this deal with the Miami Marlins, they add two arms in Zach Pop and Anthony Bass that can help shore up their bullpen with Bass in particular as a backend option.

Bass, 34, previously pitched for the Blue Jays in 2020, but since then, the right-hander has greatly improved his numbers. While he used to be more of a groundball pitcher, he’s increased his strikeouts (26 percent) this year while lowering his walk rate (5.8 percent). He has a 1.41 ERA in 44 2/3 innings while mostly working in the seventh and eighth inning.

He has a $3 million team option next year with a $1 million buyout.

Pop, 25, has a 3.40 ERA in 20 innings this season with 14 strikeouts and he gives the bullpen another option in the middle innings. He isn’t arbitration-eligible until 2024 and has minor-league options remaining so this move helps for the future, too.

Per The Athletic’s Eno Sarris, “Pop has a top-30 slider by Stuff+ that he doesn’t throw enough, and above-average command, I could see them turning him into a 50/50 sinker/slider pitcher and getting a lot out of him.” Pop is also Canadian so he’ll join fellow Canuck Jordan Romano in the bullpen.

Keep in mind, the Blue Jays have had previous success dealing with the Marlins for relief help, too, after they acquired Adam Cimber (and Corey Dickerson) from them last year for Joe Panik.

The Blue Jays give up infielder Jordan Groshans, who was their fourth-best prospect before the season, per Keith Law’s ranking. Groshans was hitting .250/.348/.296 with one home run in Triple-A Buffalo this year.

The Blue Jays are still well-stocked with infield prospects.

Kaitlyn McGrath

Kaitlyn McGrath·

Staff Writer, Blue Jays

August 2, 2022 at 2:03 PM EDT

A salute from Heat’s Victor Oladipo

Juan Soto’s trade is as good as done.

Maria Torres

Maria Torres·

Staff Writer, MLB

Juan Soto updated his Instagram story with a salute from Victor Oladipo. It is clear he and others are just waiting on the i’s and t’s. pic.twitter.com/VXckosNhyC

— Maria Torres (@maria_torres3) August 2, 2022

August 2, 2022 at 1:51 PM EDT

Background on Pop, Groshans

Zach Pop has a top-30 slider by Stuff+ that he doesn’t throw enough, and above-average command.

I could see Toronto turning him into a 50/50 sinker/slider pitcher and getting a lot out of him.

And Jordan Groshans is below-average at Triple-A right now…

Eno Sarris

Eno Sarris·

Senior Writer, MLB

August 2, 2022 at 1:44 PM EDT

Blue Jays acquire Anthony Bass, Zach Pop

Kaitlyn McGrath

Kaitlyn McGrath·

Staff Writer, Blue Jays

Confirming reports that the #BlueJays have traded for relievers Anthony Bass and Zach Pop from the Marlins for infield prospect Jordan Groshans, per a source

— Kaitlyn McGrath (@kaitlyncmcgrath) August 2, 2022

August 2, 2022 at 1:36 PM EDT

Possible next dominoes expected to fall:

  • Willson Contreras with Rays, Mets Guardians in hunt
  • Ian Happ with Blue Jays, Dodgers mentioned
  • Tyler Mahle / Noah Syndegaard with Phillies, Twins involved
  • Pablo Lopez with Dodgers, Cardinals, Twins?
  • J.D. Martinez and Dom Smith possible match?
  • Bullpen and Toronto

Jim Bowden

Jim Bowden·

Senior Writer, MLB

August 2, 2022 at 1:15 PM EDT

Soto deal would bring serious value to Nationals’ farm

Last summer, the Nationals deluded themselves into thinking they could “reboot” — not “rebuild” — their systems quickly.

But the infusion of the 12 prospects they got at the 2021 deadline inspired little confidence from other scouts. The farm still earned poor ratings; The Athletic’s Keith Law ranked it 27th heading into 2022.

If the Juan Soto deal goes through as expected, the Nationals’ haul would slingshot the farm into the top 10, according to FanGraphs.

Maria Torres

Maria Torres·

Staff Writer, MLB

Washington moves from 24th to 8th in the live farm system rankings. If you were to include recently-graduated MacKenzie Gore in the calculus, they’d move to 5th. https://t.co/aXEzycICmh

— FanGraphs Prospects (@FG_Prospects) August 2, 2022

August 2, 2022 at 1:07 PM EDT

Still quiet in Toronto

Here are a few names of potential fits for the Blue Jays.

Kaitlyn McGrath

Kaitlyn McGrath·

Staff Writer, Blue Jays

It’s still quiet on the #BlueJays trade front. Some names that are still available that could be potential fits (IMO) include:
Starters: Syndergaard, Kuhl, Smyly, Perez
Relievers: Robertson, Fulmer, Bass, Jimenez, Mantiply, Scott Barlow, Staumont

— Kaitlyn McGrath (@kaitlyncmcgrath) August 2, 2022

August 2, 2022 at 12:54 PM EDT

Soto deal DOES NOT hinge on Hosmer

The Nationals-Padres deal DOES NOT hinge on Hosmer being a part of it.

The deal is done regardless…according to sources directly involved.

Jim Bowden

Jim Bowden·

Senior Writer, MLB

Source confirms what Jim is saying. Deal will go through with or without Hosmer. Padres still must decide what to do with him.

— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) August 2, 2022

August 2, 2022 at 12:44 PM EDT

Can you imagine being Hosmer right now?

Accept the trade and you leave a contender to go play in a very un-fun situation.

Reject it, and you play for a franchise that resents you for doing so and also it becomes a huge part of your legacy.

That sucks, man.

Levi Weaver

Levi Weaver·

Staff Writer, Rangers

Would *I* take $10m to [you name it] for 3 years? I’ll stop you there: yes (assuming it wasn’t morally reprehensible)

If I had $100m in career earnings, though? That definitely changes the equation.

Anyway I don’t *pity* Eric Hosmer. Just trying to imagine the position he’s in

— Levi Weaver (@ThreeTwoEephus) August 2, 2022

August 2, 2022 at 12:24 PM EDT

It all comes down to Hosmer

Soto deal will not be official until Eric Hosmer agrees to waive his no-trade stipulation to the Nationals.

To this point he has not, according to a source. Negotiations almost certainly taking place.

Ken Rosenthal

Ken Rosenthal·

Senior Writer, MLB

August 2, 2022 at 12:20 PM EDT

Can’t get over Nationals having:

Bryce Harper

Anthony Rendon

Max Scherzer

Trea Turner

Juan Soto

All gone in a matter of a few years.

Fabian Ardaya

Fabian Ardaya·

Staff Writer, Dodgers

August 2, 2022 at 12:17 PM EDT

Cardinals still on the hunt with Soto off the block

Katie Woo

Katie Woo·

Staff Writer, Cardinals

With Juan Soto off the block, hearing the Cardinals are still looking to add a bat and/or pursue catching depth. Can’t rule out additional pitching either. #STLCards

— Katie Woo (@katiejwoo) August 2, 2022

August 2, 2022 at 12:13 PM EDT

Padres really, really wanted Soto

The Padres really, really wanted Juan Soto. Everyone already knew that. But they also had been interested in adding Josh Bell, a rental first baseman with pop in his bat.

To land both, they have agreed in principle to surrender their most coveted young players, including 6-foot-7 center-field prospect James Wood, whom some officials view as a future star.

With Bell headed to San Diego, Eric Hosmer is on his way out. The question is where.

The Nationals are on his 10-team no-trade list.

Dennis Lin

Dennis Lin·

Staff Writer, Padres

August 2, 2022 at 12:12 PM EDT

All eyes on Hosmer

Enormous pressure on Hosmer to approve deal, and he might get something more out of it beyond the three-year, $39 million he is owed from 2023 to 2025.

Hosmer, Soto, Bell all represented by Scott Boras, as are Gore and Wood.

Players generally need to be compensated to waive no-trade protection.

Ken Rosenthal

Ken Rosenthal·

Senior Writer, MLB

August 2, 2022 at 12:07 PM EDT

More about James Wood

Some Padres officials saw James Wood, now a Washington National, as their No. 1 prospect.

Dennis Lin

Dennis Lin·

Staff Writer, Padres

Some Padres officials think James Wood is their No. 1 prospect. The Nationals had been insisting in his inclusion in a Juan Soto/Josh Bell blockbuster. From earlier this year, here is a story about a 6-foot-7 center-field prospect: https://t.co/xFUWNsJ8d4

— Dennis Lin (@dennistlin) August 2, 2022

Source: https://theathletic.com/live-blogs/mlb-trade-deadline/qhzxK3b7ixfF/

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