MLB trade rumors: Shohei Ohtani to stay with Angels on deadline, but Yankees, Padres made ‘serious’ offers

The 2022 MLB trade deadline is 6 p.m. ET on Tuesday (August 2), so teams now have less than 36 hours to meet their needs and improve their rosters for the extended duration. We’ve already seen quite a few big names traded in and certainly more deals are on the way.

Here are the Monday trade deadline rumors.

The Angels will keep Otani despite the ‘serious’ interest from the Yankees, even more

The Yankees, Padres and White Sox teams were among the teams that inquired about two-way star Shohei Ohtani in recent days, but the Angels have since decided they won’t move him before Tuesday’s trading deadline, according to John Heyman. Heyman says these teams have made “serious” offers for the AL MVP governing position.

Heyman notes that Angels owner Arte Moreno does not want Ohtani to be traded, although he could qualify for free agency after next season. On Sunday, CBS Sports reported why Moreno is the biggest potential obstacle to Ohtani’s trading, writing the following:

It is easy to understand why Moreno refused. He has spent a lot of money on angels over the years without getting much in return. The Angels have changed players, managers, and general managers without much success. Moreno was the constant. At some point, being the constant face of failure must affect one’s ego. Ohtani’s trade would be an admission that he and his mental trust can never figure out a way to build a winner despite being talented talents of two generations.

Since then, the Yankees have made a different move, taking loyal Scott Evros out of the Cubs in exchange for a promotion opportunity.

The Guardians entered Monday with a record 52-49, bringing them one and a half times back to last place in the MLS. They at least had discussions about upgrading the board, and inquired about athletics player Sean Murphy. However, those conversations haven’t progressed much, according to The Athletic’s Zac Meisel.

CBS Sports ranked Murphy as one of the best players available this summer, noting:

Murphy is under team control during the 2025 season, but Team A has some reason to move him too soon. First, they have Shea Langeliers ready and waiting in Triple-A; On the other hand, if you are going to shrink your list to reduce costs, you can also go all out. When A gets serious about moving Murphy, he’ll be a coveted commodity. He’s been an above-average hitter in more than 1,000 Big League games, and it seems like there’s more power in his stick than he realized in the game: Earlier this season, he posted an exit speed of 114 mph, a figure that puts him in the neighborhood of Mike. Trout and Bryce Harper. The catch is that Murphy doesn’t have to hit as much as he has in order to be a valuable player; He’s a formidable defender who gets good grades in all of the most important categories, including framing, throwing, and staff handling. It offers any kind of offensive value, not to mention good offensive value for a boost, making it a great asset.

Per Meisel, Oakland claimed the team is in no hurry to transfer Murphy due to his remaining years of team control. Let’s see if their position softens as the deadline approaches.

Astros are interested in Choi, Vasquez

The Astros have one of the safest teams in baseball. This does not prevent them from pursuing upgrades at first base and at the catcher. To wit, Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reported on Sunday that Houston has shown interest in both Rice’s first player Jae-Man Choi and Red Sox catcher Christian Vazquez.

Choi, the free agent after the 2023 season, has posted a .257/.355/.415 slash (125 OPS+) in 75 games. It’s unclear how seriously the Rays take him, given that they’re currently AL’s second wild card team and could use the offense.

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Vasquez, the season-ending free agent, won by hitting 282/.327/.432 (108 OPS+) in his first 84 games of the season. He’s also traditionally been known as an above-average defender, although Statcast’s framing metrics put him below par this season, for whatever it’s worth.

The Astros are also known to be interested in Nationals first baseman Josh Bell and Cubs catcher Willson Contreras, among others.

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