When the Mariners closed a swap deal for Reds Luis Castillo over the weekend, it was exactly the kind of enthusiasm we wanted to see from the Seattle side rising mid-season and trying to end a post-season drought that’s almost old enough to drink.
As the Eastern Time trading deadline approaches Tuesday at 6 p.m., there are nine more clubs that should be thorough in their long-term improvement. Note that this is not the complete list of teams that should be “buyers” (with the extended post-season format, the number of buyers exceeds the number of sellers in this market). Instead, these are the clubs – listed in order of urgency – with the greatest incentive to achieve an impact gain or two.
In the final round together for Yadier Molina, Albert Pujols and Adam Wainwright, the Cardinal made a good, competitive club – but struggled to beat the Brewers at NL Central. The cards once again this season have shown just how skilled they are in developing young players who can immediately contribute at the big league level, but the fact remains that the squad revolves around two 30-year-olds at Nolan Arenado and Paul Goldschmidt, retirements pending. Some of the icons of the franchise increase the need to put this club on the real October Tour.
Who can land: It’s well-documented that the Cardinals have the chops to piece together the Juan Soto deal, but the biggest need now is in the rotation, with injuries and poor performances leaving the cards in the mid-span and big questions after Wainwright and Miles Micholas. . Frankie Montas and Paul Blackburn, Pablo Lopez of the Marlins, Tyler Mahley, Giants Carlos Rodon, Tarik Scobal of the Tigers, Noah Syndergaard of the Angels, Martin Perez, Drew Smiley, pirates Jose Quintana and Chad Kuhl of the Rockies are some of the possibilities.
Who will have to trade away: Cards have been cited for Soto for his stock of controllable talent that includes rookie second baseman Nolan Gorman, top prospect Jordan Walker at third base and left-back prospect Matthew Liberator, among others. But perhaps the trade for beginners could center around the likes of defensive players Joshua Baez (#6 in the Cards system, per MLB pipeline) or Alec Burleson (#8). In the end, cards have a lot of options.
Despite all the big moves the Padres have made in recent years, they only have three playoffs (in the pandemic shortened season with a 16-team playoff stadium) to show. They not only need to locate the Wild Card but position themselves to do the run, and the offense that entered the week at number 17 in runs per game is a very clear area to upgrade.
Who can land: Juan Soto! But if that’s a taboo, players Ian Happ or Bryan Reynolds could make sense, or the brothers could be the team betting on a bounce off a struggling Joe Gallo. Assisting rotations may also be a goal with MacKenzie Gore nursing a sore elbow, but Padres has depth there.
Who will have to trade away: Between Gore, C.J. Abrams’ Short Stop and defensive back Robert Hassell III (#21 in the MLB Pipeline Top 100), Padres has three outstanding young players who could form the backbone of a Soto deal. Catcher Luis Campusano, whose name appeared in Max Scherzer talks a year ago, is the Padres’ second-place finisher, and the 2021 Draft pick James Wood and Jackson Merrill will serve as attractive commercial chips in an offensive assist deal.
The Mets have so far managed to fend off the Brave Braves in the NL East, and Jacob deGrom’s highly anticipated return to the spin could take an already great squad to another level. The Mets have dealt with Dan Vogelbach, Tyler Naken and Philip Dale. But the Steve Cohen era has been one of big moves, and it wouldn’t surprise anyone at all if they did another one between now and the end of Tuesday.
Who can land? The Mets have been disbanded this season (amazing, considering how good they throw), and that highlights the need for more wow in the lineup. The Mets may consider themselves satisfied with the recent acquisitions in this division, but Wilson Contreras, in the hybrid/DH hunting role, would make a lot of sense here, or perhaps Nelson Cruz or JD Martinez. The Mets will also aim to help the Bullpen, with David Robertson and Michael Fulmer among the short-term solutions. And if Shohei Ohtani is already transferred, you can bet the Mets will share.
Who will have to trade away: The Mets will only move catcher Francisco Alvarez (the first possibility in MLB) in the most extreme circumstances (think Ohtani or an in-sectional deal for Soto). Shortstop Ronnie Mauricio (possible player #3 for the Mets) and fielder/defender Marc Ventus (#5) are the most realistic chips if the Mets makes a shocking move.
You will notice that Dodgers are not on this list. Not that L.A. will or should hold back on any opportunities for improvement, but if the team entering the week with a 191 plus running difference only made marginal improvements, is that really untenable? The Yankees may be viewed similarly, except that their stakes have risen due to a global drought which – in the Bronx exclusively – is treated like an eternity. Combine that with Aaron Judge’s pending free agency, Luis Severino’s shoulder issue, Michael King’s broken elbow, a very good spin showing some signs of regression in the second half, and the pressure for a better position for this club in October.
Who can land: After acquiring Andrew Benintendi on the field and debuting Luis Castillo, the Yanks are still in the market for promotion. Frankie Montas (Yankee Montas?), Marlins Pablo Lopez and Carlos Rodon of Team Giants all make sense for the spin.
Who will have to trade away: Although other teams would like to take on prospect Anthony Volpe, the Yanks are fortunate to have another opportunity of short stature (actually closer to the Majors than Volpe) in second place Oswald Peraza. It could be a key ingredient in a deal to start an impact like Montas.
Although the AL East race got out of hand faster than most of us expected, there’s still plenty of reason to believe this Toronto team could make a splash in October, particularly with interim captain John Schneider performing well in the last two or more. . weeks. Missing the playoffs by just one game a year ago still hurts, and the Blue Jays have to increase their self-made window by striking some big deals (signing George Springer and trading Jose Perios) to complement their sexy core.
Who can land: While a left bat to balance the line-up would certainly be nice, promotion is the biggest priority – most notably the fear of Alec Manoah getting injured in the elbow by a striker over the weekend. The depth of rotation has been tested by a lost season for Hyun Jin Ryu, and the bulls can use more stability to swing, miss and higher leverage. We’ve listed some of the available appetizers above (Noah Syndergaard is a former Blue Jays customer, so that’s going to be fun). Gregory Soto, Joe Jimenez, and Scott Barlow are among the manageable and manageable painkillers, and David Robertson is attractive as a short-term solution. Oh, and if they really want a left-handed bat, we hear that Juan Soto is available (although his teammate Josh Bell will work here too).
Who will have to trade away: Even after trading Berríos and Matt Chapman, there’s plenty here to make a big impact move if the Blue Jays are willing to give up their top potential to catch Gabriel Moreno or Orelvis Martinez. From the Major League roster, Toronto could potentially deal with catcher Danny Janssen or player Kavan Biggio.
It’s the same story as last year, basically. With Freddy Peralta back in the rotation this week, The Brewers look as if they could get a pitch to not only shut down NL Central but to terrorize opposing teams in October. Whether they can hit enough to progress remains the big question.
Who can land: With Adrian Houser still taking care of a bent breed, Brewers could be in the market to start helping, but mid-ranking bats are the screaming need here. If Milwaukee doesn’t shock the world and lands on Juan Soto, the in-section trading for Reds’ third baseman Brandon Drury will help the brew crew fill a gap. On the outside front, brewers have been rumored to be interested in Joey Gallo, A-Team’s Ramon Laureano and others.
Who will have to trade away: Potential No. 5 midfielder Brice Turang is a reasonable business segment for the Brewers with Willy Adames and Luis Urías under contractual control. It may be necessary to field potential No. 2 player Sal Frelick, a defensive player who placed 15th overall in last year’s draft and is now in the Double-A.
Although it’s one of baseball’s biggest disappointments in 2022, the Sox are still very much in contention for AL Central and in the sporting mix to compete for the Wild Card spot. This team is built to win here and now, and the White Sox have no choice but to go for it on this deadline, although the strength of their farm system is probably a limiting factor.
Who can land: Sox needs left-handed help at second base and in the field and can stand to upgrade the Relief Corps. A year ago the Sox had a crosstown swap with Craig Kimbrel, and Cubs’ Ian Happ, who is a stronger left-side switch hitter who can play second base and all three outside positions, would be a perfect fit here in 2022. Joey Gallo will work here too. And any of the above relief options apply here.
Who will have to trade away: To do anything that has an impact would likely involve trading from the upper end of one of the lower rated systems in the sport. Shortstop Colson Montgomery, defensive players Oscar Colas and Jose Rodriguez are the top-ranked for each pipeline. Sox will likely target rentals that don’t impact their system further.
Sellers A year ago, the twins turned their fortunes around in part due to their acquisition of debutante Joe Ryan for Nelson Cruz (and the shocking signing of Carlos Correa certainly helped too). Korea could pull out after this year, Byron Paxton is in his prime, so the twins shouldn’t take this opportunity to grace AL Central.
Who can land: The Twins focused primarily on merchandising, and any of the aforementioned starters – from Montas at the top of the market to more modest options like Mahle, Syndergaard, Quintana, etc. – apply. The Bullpen needs help, especially from the left side, and among the options are Rangers’ Matt Moore, A’s Sam Moll, Tigers’ Andrew Chafin, D-backs’ Caleb Smith, Joe Mantiply and Pirates’ Dillon Peters.
Who will have to trade away: The twins have dealt with injuries and underperformance at the top of their potential group this season, but third baseman/second baseman Spencer Steer (seventh) and defensive tackle Matt Wallner (No. 8) have had very nice seasons adding to that. value in this market.
The Phillies have already invested so much in this team to hold back any opportunity to improve the extension of the house. They are trying to finish the second longest dry interval in the sport. But Bryce Harper, Jean Segura and Zach Eflin returning to health and getting more Nick Castellanos and JT Realmuto will do more to help this club than anything the Phillies will realistically accomplish in a trade deadline.
Who can land: Veles are more likely to target depth of rotation. The likes of Smyly, Quintana, Syndergaard and Mahle will help here. Center Square is another area of promotion, and Michael A. Taylor of the Royals is having a great year.
Who will have to trade away: Catcher Logan O’Hoppe is the number 3 potential player in the Phillies, and has been banned for the foreseeable future by Realmuto. So it would make sense as a commercial chip.