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MLB Trade Rumors: Rounding Up The Latest Rumors Around the League

Although the MLB Trade Deadline is set for August 2, rumors are already starting to swirl around the MLB. Jason Radowitz breaks down the latest rumors from around the league.
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MLB Trade Rumors: Rounding Up The Latest Rumors Around the League

Although the MLB Trade Deadline is set for August 2, rumors are already starting to swirl around the MLB. There are many teams in both conferences that are plenty of games back in the standings. Those teams will be looking to sell expiring contracts for prospects to rebuild their roster. The MLB trade deadline is super exciting with so many big additions for teams looking to make playoff pushes. The Atlanta Braves basically rebuilt their team at the deadline and ended up winning the MLB World Series last season. This time of year is huge.

Here are the latest rumors around the league as the MLB deadline starts to approach.

5. Josh Bell, 1B, Washington Nationals

The Nationals traded away Max Scherzer and Trea Turner to the Los Angeles Dodgers last season. This year, I don't think the Nationals will trade away Juan Soto, but Josh Bell is an easy candidate to be traded. Bell is a switch-hitter with a .271 batting average and a +127 OPS in two seasons with Washington. In 194 games, Bell has hit 31 home runs and would be a solid fit for the Red Sox, Twins, or Giants, who are all competing for the playoffs. He's expandable, able to play the corner infield, and can also DH as a switch-hitter. Teams love that.

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4. Andrew Benintendi, OF, Kansas City Royals

I was hoping that the Royals would be better offensively this year. That just wasn't the case. The Royals are far out of the playoffs at this point and will be shopping talent like Benintendi. He'll be a free agent next season, so, therefore, if the Royals don't plan on bringing him back, they should trade him for some prospects. He's got a +138 OPS and has kept strikeout numbers down while also keeping walk rates up. Plenty of teams need more left-handed bats between the Cardinals, Blue Jays, and Braves. Those are all right-handed heavy lineups that can use Benintendi.

3. Luis Castillo, RHP, Cincinnati Reds

The Reds could end up being the worst team in baseball this season. Therefore, they'll be having a fire sale and there are plenty of suiters for Luis Castillo. Castillo was injured to begin the season but returned recently and has pitched well. He's even put together a 10-strikeout game this year. He'll also have games that become disasters but ultimately, a team like the Mets or Rays could fix him up a little bit and help him get back on track.

2. Wilson Contreras, C, Chicago Cubs

The Cubs basically got rid of their entire team but Contreras last season. He must've felt lonely. But this year, he'll likely finish the season on a contending team. He has a 155 OPS+ but hasn't been all that great defensively playing catcher. However, if a team can look past that or just simply designate hit him for the rest of the season, any lineup that adds Contreras will look incredible. The Yankees would be an interesting fit along with the Rays, who have had injuries to catchers throughout the season.

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1. Frankie Montas, RHP, Oakland Athletics

The Athletics tanked this season. It's eventually going to be time to let go of Frankie Montas, who has really started to develop. He's earning almost four strikeouts to one walk in 43 starts with the Athletics and while his velocity is down, his ERA is also down. Teams will like that. Again, the Mets will be involved along with the Rays and Twins, who both have struggled to keep their starting pitching healthy.

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Jason grew up an avid sports fan. His passion for sports writing grew in high school and he developed a blog that was strictly for New York Sports. From his work, you will quickly realize that he loves looking at games from an analytical and numbers perspective and hopes to provide you with that same perspective in his articles.


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