The deadline for Major League Baseball deals isn’t until 6 p.m. ET on Tuesday, but there have already been some big deals made.
On Friday, the Seattle Mariners acquired All-Star bowler Luis Castillo of the Cincinnati Reds for four odds. The Reds also sent defensive midfielder Tyler Naquin and left-back relief pitcher Philip Diehl to the New York Mets for multiple chances.
The New York Yankees made their first big move before the final trading date when they acquired All-Star player Andrew Benentende of the Kansas City Royals.
What other deals can be made as the deadline counts down? USA TODAY Sports will provide updates on all major trades.
Citizens are trading! not only this.
It wasn’t Juan Soto’s blockbuster movie that got the MLB world on edge, but the Washington Nationals opened Monday’s trading with a small bargain.
The Nats sent companion Ehair Adrianza to the Atlanta Braves for minor league player Trey Harris. Atlanta opened a place on the shortlist earlier by appointing Robinson Cano for the job.
Adrianza was a great contributor to the Braves’ 2021 race when he arrived at the .247 with .728 OPS. However, he has struggled with the Nationals this year, scoring just 179 without any home runs.
Harris, 26, was the Atlanta League hitter of the year in 2019. He’s been hitting .33/.333/.317 in 59 games this season for Class AA Mississippi.
Trade candidates under the radar
From Nightengale’s Notebook, USA TODAY Sports subscribers-only MLB feature:
Outfielder player Trey Mancini, Orioles: Orioles should not trade it. It means a lot to the organization and this is the team that amazed everyone by flying around the .500. However, baseball is a cold-hearted business.
Starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard, Angels: Hitters no longer hit far with his fast ball. He doesn’t count as an ace or even pitcher No. 2. But, oh, he’s learned to play with his not-so-quick stuff. He’d be a great third-place player for any competitor.
Starting pitcher Jose Orchidi, Astros: Astros are so deep that they don’t really need it. He has a career 3.66 ERA, is eligible to referee for the first time this winter, and has post-season experience as well. It is displayed in package deals for champions.
– Bob Nightingale, USA Today Sports
Brandon Drury’s breakout year makes him a big business target
Cincinnati Reds’ Brandon Drury holds a lot of value as a powerful right-handed racket that can play anywhere on the court and in corner areas.
He is one of nine MLB players with at least 20 players and 20 doubles, and joins a roster of footballers that includes Paul Goldschmidt, Austin Riley, Jose Ramirez and Vladimir Guerrero.
“It’s definitely a little different because it could be a whole new club in a day,” said Drury, who has traded three times in his career. “It’s definitely on my mind a bit, but at the end of the day, whether I’m here or somewhere else, I’m going to keep playing baseball. That’s all I can control.”
– Bobby Nightingale, Cincinnati Inquirer
Relief market loses potential trade segment
One of the current closest who definitely won’t be traded on Deadline is Daniel Bard of the Colorado Rockies. Bard, who has a 3-3 record with 21 assists and 1.91 ERA in 37 games this season, signed a two-year extension on Saturday that will keep him in Colorado until the 2024 season.
Commentators who could be dealt with before Tuesday’s deadline include Orioles’ Jorge Lopez, Tigers’ Gregory Soto, Marlins’ Tanner Scott, Buccaneers’ David Bednar and Cubs’ David Robertson.