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Juan Soto Leads Trade Speculations, and the Nationals and Cubs Are Key

The MLB trade season has officially begun. The executives are racing against the clock to get their squads ready for the home stretch before the deadline on Tuesday, August 2, which is set for six o’clock in the evening. Everyone is keeping a close eye on Juan Soto, the Washington Nationals superstar who is suddenly available for trade. Soto is only 23 years old.

Right here is where we are going to keep track of every twist and turn that the trade winds have around Soto and the rest of the league. Make sure to check back here for updates as the chaos continues to unfold.

What each trade deadline move means as Major League Baseball clubs try to acquire the best players still available.

The Cardinals have established something of a pattern in recent seasons, which is to acquire veteran pitchers like Quintana. The name Jon Lester comes to mind when I think back a few years. They are typically more affordable, but they can consume inning after inning. As they try to catch up to the Brewers in the National League Central and the Phillies in the race for the wild card, the Cardinals are in desperate need of rotation help.

Juan Soto

They have been linked to Juan Soto, of course, but they could also be well served by using some prospect depth to go after bigger impact starters like Pablo Lopez of the Marlins, Carlos Rodon of the Giants, or perhaps some under-the-radar assistance like Merrill Kelly of the Diamondbacks.

As the trade deadline approaches, the Nationals and Cubs are in the driver’s seat.
Juan Soto is still a member of the Washington Nationals as of the stroke of midnight on the deadline day, August 2. The powerful switch-hitter first baseman Josh Bell, who is also anticipated to move before 6 o’clock, shares this sentiment. The Chicago Cubs are the other major seller that still possesses key pieces, despite the fact that the Soto sweepstakes have clogged up the hitting market.

Ian Happ, a versatile All-Star outfielder for the Chicago Cubs, is currently on the trading block, and it has been reported that potential suitors view him as a backup plan to Geovany Soto. Even though he was possibly the most notable reliever who was traded at the deadline, Cubs closer David Robertson was not one of the players who was dealt.

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Other important players to keep an eye on Tuesday include Marlins starting pitcher Pablo Lopez, who is reportedly attracting interest from the Dodgers, and Yankees slugger Joey Gallo, who is likely nearing the end of a disastrous run in the Bronx. Both of these players are scheduled to play on Tuesday.

Christian Vazquez, the backstop for the Boston Red Sox, was reportedly acquired by the Houston Astros as part of a trade in order to fill a vacancy at the catcher position. In addition to being an excellent defender, Vázquez is currently having one of his best offensive seasons yet. This is the third time in the last four years that his park-adjusted OPS has been higher than average. He is currently batting.282 with eight home runs.

Although he is not the same offensive force as Willson Contreras of the Cubs, one of the marquee names available on the trade market, he is a more acclaimed defender and is anticipated to pick up the responsibilities of handling a pitching staff that is headed for the postseason. After leading the Red Sox to victory in the 2018 World Series, he has a wealth of experience in the month of October.

The Astros catchers have the worst batting average in the league. 159/.228/.297, which means that this constitutes a significant improvement. It was reported that they were hesitant to make too many changes to the catching corps due to the outstanding defense and leadership of Martin Maldonado.

Putting a twist on this business transaction? Due to the fact that the Red Sox is currently located in Houston, Vazquez’s post-trade travel will consist of nothing more than a stroll to the opposing clubhouse.

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Since he was first selected by the club in 2008, the 31-year-old had spent his entire career playing for the Red Sox. He was originally drafted by the team. At the end of this year, he will become eligible for free agency.

Not all of Boston’s activity on Monday involved the trading away of Vázquez. Additionally, they traded reliever Jake Diekman to the White Sox in exchange for catcher Reese McGuire, another player to be named later, and cash. In the meantime, it has been reported that they have agreed to terms with the Reds in order to add outfielder Tommy Pham to the major league club. A team that is currently in last place in the AL East but still has a chance to make the playoffs appears to be engaging in what appears to be a clear case of buying and selling players.

Trey Mancini was traded to the Astros from the Orioles as part of a three-team deal.
The longtime first baseman and designated hitter for the Orioles, Trey Mancini, is reportedly going to be traded to the Astros as part of a three-team deal that will also involve the Tampa Bay Rays receiving outfielder Jose Siri. Mancini, a right-handed slugger who packs a punch, fits the Astros’ preference for hitters who strike out at a lower rate than the league average while still having plenty of pop.

Mancini, who was selected by the Orioles in the eighth round of the 2013 Major League Baseball draught, is currently hitting. batting line of 268/347/404 with 10 home runs, 16 doubles, and 35 walks. It’s possible that he’s hitting even better than it seems; his power numbers have suffered as a result of the recent changes made to the outfield walls at Camden Yards.

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Because of this, it is highly unlikely that Houston will pursue Josh Bell, the switch-hitting first baseman currently playing for the Nationals and who is expected to soon join the lineup of a contender.

The Astros are always looking to add reliable players to their roster, but with the Orioles ahead of schedule in their rebuilding process (they have a record of 51-51 and are just three games out of the final wild-card spot), there was speculation that the Orioles might decide to keep Mancini so that they can make a serious run at the playoffs this season.