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MLB Trade Rumors: One Move Each Team Should Make Ahead of the Trade Deadline

With just over two weeks until the MLB's trade deadline, it's time to look at one move each team can make to either continue their rebuild, make that final playoff push or propel them from good to great.
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MLB Trade Rumors: One Move Each Team Should Make Ahead of the Trade Deadline

The MLB All-Star break is upon us, which signifies the league's unofficial halfway point of the season. Another important date that's coming up is the trade deadline, set for Tuesday, August 2.

Let's take a look at one move each of the league's 30 teams can make to either improve their team or help kickstart a rebuild.

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Arizona Diamondbacks - Trade David Peralta

While most teams may be calling about First Baseman, Christian Walker, a more attainable asset for contending teams could be veteran outfielder, David Peralta. The 34-year-old is currently second on the team in home runs (12), third in runs batted in (38) and even with a mediocre .234 batting average, it's still good enough for second on the team (for players with more than 60 games played). Peralta is in the final year of a three-year/$22mil deal.

Atlanta Braves - Acquire David Peralta, OF (Arizona Diamondbacks)

The aforementioned David Peralta would fill a glaring need for the reigning champs as when it comes to slotting someone in next to star Ronald Acuna Jr. and Michael Harris II, the Braves need to find an upgrade over the recently returning Eddie Rosario, who's struggled mightily following eye surgery, earlier this year.

Baltimore Orioles - Trade Trey Mancini

Despite being the feel-good story of the MLB's first half, the Orioles would be smart not to get overhyped by their recent success as the club remains far, far away from contending. The 30-year-old is Baltimore's best MLB-level trade asset as the First Baseman, who can also play in either Left or Right Field, is hitting .277 with 9 homers and 37 RBI. Mancini has one-year remaining on his deal following this season which will see him make $10mil.

Boston Red Sox - Upgrade First Base (Josh Bell, Trey Mancini, Garrett Cooper)

The Boston Red Sox need to upgrade from the Franchy Cordero/Bobby Dalbec platoon that currently makes up their first Base situation. Luckily for the Sox, there are plenty of names available that play for teams looking to sell off some of their parts. Perhaps the best option for Boston would be Nationals slugger Josh Bell. The 29-year-old veteran has had a very good year, hitting 19 homers paired with 50 RBI to go along with a .311 average. Bell will be a free agent after this season.

Chicago Cubs - Trade Willson Contreras

Perhaps the best Catcher on the market this summer will be Cubs star, Willson Contreras. The 30-year-old is one of the best hitters at the position and contending teams such as the Mets, Cardinals, and White Sox are all in the market to upgrade at the position. Contreras is an impending free agent following this season.

Chicago White Sox - Acquire Willson Contreras

An inter-city trade makes all the sense in the world for both the White Sox and Cubs. White Sox star Catcher, Yasmani Grandal has had the worst season of his career and now he's caught the injury bug to go along with his nightmare season. Even after Grandal's struggles, the White Sox find themselves right in the thick of things in both the America League Central as well as the American League as a whole. Contreras is an immediate upgrade over Grandal and would help them make their playoff push.

Cincinnati Reds - Trade All Impending Free Agents (Brandon Drury, Donovan Solano, Tyler Naquin, Tommy Pham, Hunter Strickland)

The Reds need to be in full-on sell mode. Everyone should be available outside of Hunter Greene, Tyler Stephenson, and Jonathan India in addition to their farm system. However, the Reds for whatever reason may be reluctant to do that. Brandon Drury, Donovan Solano, Tyler Naquin, Tommy Pham, and Hunter Strickland will all have a decent market should the Reds decide to host a firesale ahead of the Aug. 2 deadline.

Cleveland Guardians - Acquire Charlie Blackmon

This one is pretty simple...if the Guardians are to have any hope of winning the American League Central, they need outfield help. The team's seven outfielders have hit for a combined 8 home runs and 86 RBI, both worst in the majors. Acquiring Blackmon (14 home runs, 54 RBI) may not come cheap but he's not quite just a rental as he's under contract for next season at $18 million.

Colorado Rockies - Trade Daniel Bard and Alex Colome

The Rockies were briefly touched when potentially trading Charlie Blackmon. However, the team needs to capitalize on trading their top assets, something they didn't do when Trevor Story walked this past Winter and signed with the Red Sox after the Rockies didn't trade the star infielder ahead of last year's deadline. Daniel Bard and Alex Colome have both been bright spots in an otherwise dark season for the Rockies.

Detroit Tigers - Trade Michael Fulmer

Another rebuilding year is here for the Tigers. Perhaps the best trade asset the team has is a reliever, Michael Fulmer. The 29-year-old is having a career year, especially since he's transitioned to the bullpen following a three-year stint as a starter when first reaching the majors. Fulmer boasts a 2.38ERA and has only given up 9 runs in his 34 innings of work in 2022. Fulmer is in the final year of his deal.

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Houston Astros - Acquire Matt Moore

You can never have too much pitching. The Astros' 1-2 punch at the front of their rotation can rival almost any team in the league in the form of Justin Verlander and Framber Valdez. After their top two starters, the Astros actually have a pretty decent back-end of their rotation, however, a 33-year-old looking for a championship, who just happens to boast a 1.73ERA may be available in the form of Matt Moore. The Rangers look to be out of the race despite spending big this past winter and sending Matt Moore to a contender seems to be a no-brainer.

Kansas City Royals - Trade Andrew Benintendi

Perhaps the most universally agreed upon thought for next week's deadline is Andrew Benintendi will be on the move...but where? There are several contenders looking for outfield help, especially when perhaps the best defensive outfielder in all of Baseball, who happens to hit .317 is available.

Los Angeles Angels - Acquire Brandon Drury

The Reds may be in full-on firesale mode come the Aug. 2 deadline and the Angels are the perfect fit. Boasting a roster with perhaps the two best players in all of Baseball, Mike Trout, and reigning MVP Shohei Ohtani, the Angels lost star third baseman, Anthony Rendon, last month and the former all-star will be out for the season following wrist surgery. A suitable replacement in Brandon Drury is seemingly available for the Angels, as the 29-year-old has hit 18 homers to go along with 52RBI, thus far in 2022. Drury is in the final year of his deal.

Los Angeles Dodgers - Acquire Daniel Bard

As previously mentioned, the Rockies would be wise to trade Bard ahead of the Aug. 2 deadline. One of the best teams in all of Baseball is the Los Angeles Dodgers and as a contending team, you can never have too many bullpen arms. Bard's 20 saves and 2.02ERA would fit nicely in the Dodgers' back-end of the bullpen. Bard is in the final-year of his deal.

Miami Marlins - Trade Garrett Cooper

Despite more success than anyone could've imagined heading into the 2022 season, much-like the Orioles, the Marlins shouldn't let their success get in the way of the bigger picture. The Marlins are a nice story, but they're not contending this year, or probably next year. With that in mind, the arbitration-eligible Garrett Cooper would be a perfect deadline acquisition for any contending team needing help in the outfield or at first base.

Milwaukee Brewers - Acquire Jose Quintana

A veteran, rotation arm is exactly what the doctor ordered for the Milwaukee Brewers. After reigning Cy Young winner, Corbin Burnes, the Brewers rotation is average at best. Brandon Woodruff has been decent enough and Eric Lauer is a fine piece in the middle or back-end of a rotation but outside of that, the Brewers have struggled to find consistency from their starters. Quintana isn't exactly a top-level starter but he'd give the Brewers another solid arm that they can rely on in their race against the Cardinals for the National League Central. Quintana is in the final year of his deal.

Minnesota Twins - Acquire David Robertson

The Chicago Cubs are in the middle of a retooling ever since their World Series title in 2016. One of the Cubs' best players is veteran closer, David Robertson. If the Twins are to win the AL Central, they simply need to upgrade their closer department. Current closer, Emilio Pagan has been an outright disaster as the 31-year-old has a sky-high 5.23ERA with just nine saves with five blow saves.

New York Mets - Sean Murphy

As a potential Juan Soto suitor, that is the reason the choice isn't Willson Contreras for the Mets. One of the best team's in the league, coupled with the second biggest payroll in the entire league, the Mets are going for it all. However, if they're to be taken seriously in the Juan Soto sweepstakes, they're going to have to pay more than other suitors due to being divisional rivals with the Nationals, which means if they also want to upgrade their catching department, they'll need to go cheap. The Oakland Athletics sold off nearly every asset they had, this past winter and they should continue to do so at the deadline. Mets' current starting catcher, Tomas Nido has yet to hit a home run this season and is hitting just .211 while Sean Murphy has hit nine homers to go with 36RBI which is a sizeable upgrade on the offensive side at the catching position. Murphy will be arbitration-eligible for the first-time, this winter.

New York Yankees - Acquire Andrew Benintendi

As previously mentioned, the Royals are expected by nearly every Baseball pundit and fan alike to trade their prized asset, Andrew Benintendi ahead of the Aug. 2 deadline. The New York Yankees currently have the best record in all of Baseball but they could use an upgrade in the outfield next to MVP front-runner Aaron Judge and co. The Yankees have been linked to the former all-star for months and while they have their eyes set on Juan Soto, Andrew Benintendi is a heck of a consolation prize.

Oakland Athletics - Trade Frankie Montas

Firesale, firesale, firesale is how the Oakland Athletics should be thinking ahead of the Aug. 2 deadline. One of the bright spots during a less-than-stellar season for the A's is starter, Frankie Montas. The 29-year-old boasts a solid 3.26ERA and would immediately bolster any contending team's middle to the back-end of their rotation.

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Philadelphia Phillies - Acquire Frankie Montas

Read the above piece for who the Phillies would be acquiring if they'd bring in Frankie Montas. Aaron Nola and Zack Wheeler have been great for the Phillies, as they look to make a playoff push. However, outside of their 1-2 punch, the rest of their starting rotation gets murky, to put it mildly. Kyle Gibson, Ranger Suarez, and the now-injured Zach Eflin, all hover between a 4.07 and 4.37 earned run average and Montas would come in and immediately slot in behind the aforementioned Nola and Wheeler.

Pittsburgh Pirates - Trade Jose Quintana

The Pirates fall under the same category as the aforementioned Oakland Athletics, sell, sell, sell. The Pirates aren't going anywhere, anytime soon and perhaps their most traceable asset that they're willing to part with is veteran starter, Jose Quintana.

San Diego Padres - Acquire CJ Cron

The Colorado Rockies have something the Padres could desperately use. Now with a full-time DH, National League teams have positioned themselves to find a viable ninth bat, something the Padres could very well upgrade ahead of the Aug. 2 deadline. The Rockies could be in firesale mode and CJ Cron would fit nicely in place of the Padres' current DH, Luke Voigt. Cron has blasted 21 home runs to go with 69RBI and will make just $7.25 million, next season.

San Francisco Giants - Acquire Drew Smyly

The Giants are stuck in-between being a good ball club and being a bonafide playoff contender. While bringing Madison Bumgarner back would make some sense and be a feel-good story, it may be above what they're willing to pay both prospect and money-wise. Drew Smyly would be a suitable rotational depth piece for the Giants as they look to add some arms to their back-end to sneak into the playoffs, this fall.

Seattle Mariners - Acquire Andrew Chafin

This one is pretty simple, the Mariners desperately need bullpen help and the Tigers need to acquire young assets for their top tradable talent. Andrew Chafin has been one of the best relievers in the league in 2022 and has a 2.22ERA and has given up just seven runs in over 28 innings of work.

St. Louis Cardinals - Acquire Chad Kuhl

The Cardinals may have their eyes set on bigger names ahead of the deadline but adding a viable bullpen arm in Chad Kuhl wouldn't be a bad move for the NL Central hopefuls. The Cards may call the Rockies for Daniel Bard but either not be willing to meet Colorado's price or maybe they were simply outbid. However, Kuhl isn't a bad consolation prize if they were to strike out on Bard.

Tampa Bay Rays - Acquire Cavan Biggio

Once one of the hottest prospects in the league, Cavan Biggio has found himself outplayed by perhaps the best, youngest team in the league in Toronto's system. Hoping to leap over the likes of Vlad Jr., newly acquired Matt Chapman, and the team's newest all-star, Santiago Espinal seems like insurmountable odds for Biggio and still young enough with a decent amount of potential, taking a flier on Biggio for a team that lives on developing talent wouldn't be a bad move for the Rays.

Texas Rangers - Trade Martin Perez

Even after being one of the biggest spenders, this past offseason, the Texas Rangers need to bite their collective tongues and embrace selling, at least for one more season. Sitting squarely in the middle of the pack in the American League, the Rangers spent big this past winter, bringing in both Corey Seager and Marcus Semien to bolster their lineup. However, that hasn't been quite what the doctor ordered for Texas and trading Martin Perez, who boasts a sub-3.00ERA to a contender will only enhance their retooling as they hope to contend in 2023.

Toronto Blue Jays - Acquire Luis Castillo

One of the spring training favorites to win the World Series, the Toronto Blue Jays have seemingly right the ship ahead of the all-star break following a nightmare previous month of June. However, if the Jays are to fulfill their pre-season hopes and dreams, they need to fill the void that is Hyun-jin Ryu, who's out for the season following Tommy John's surgery. Luis Castillo does that and perhaps more and the Blue Jays would be smart to take advantage of the firesale that could very well be happening in Cincinnati.

Washington Nationals - Trade Juan Soto

The prize of the deadline, Juan Soto shook up the baseball world ahead of all-star weekend when he reportedly declined a $440 million offer from the Nationals and due to the rejection, the Nationals are reportedly looking to move the 23-year-old phenom. While being in the mix as the best player in baseball after just four full seasons in the majors, the market will be both aggressive and small for the star outfielder. Reports state the Mets, Yankees, Giants, Dodgers, Blue Jays, and Cardinals as the most interested teams for Soto and if you're the Nationals, you're allowing a bidding war to ensue because while Soto has some leverage, he's arbitration-eligible for the next two seasons, so, the Nationals don't technically have to move the slugger, just yet.

Juan Soto Next Team Odds

TeamOddsImplied Chance
Mets+40020%
Yankees+50016.67%
Giants+55015.38%
Dodgers+60014.29%
Blue Jays+60014.29%

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