MLB Trade Rumors: Cardinals’ Juan Soto Negotiations Intensify; Dodgers interested in All-Star Marlins

The 2022 MLB trade deadline is less than a week away and all eyes are on national prodigy Juan Soto. The Cardinals are seen as the favoriteNonetheless more than a few clubs have the pieces and motivation to close a deal. Here are the rumors of Wednesday’s trading deadline as we await the latest developments from Soto.

Gorman, Corbin in the Soto trade?

The Cardinals, identified by CBS Sports as the favorites to land Nationals outfielder Juan Soto has “stepped up” efforts to close a deal, according to Jeff Jones of Belleville News Democrat.

Jones reports that the Cardinals’ latest offering includes second baseman Nolan Gorman as well as southpaw Patrick Corbin of the Nationals. CBS Sports reported last week that Corbin was expected to be included in any possible deal as a means of balancing the trade and clearing the books for the next group of Nationals owners. As we explained then:

Putting Corbin in Soto is a way for the Nationals to get a better deal, but not in the conventional “the other team adds more to your side” sense. Instead, Corbin has been a well below replacement pitcher for his last 50 games, racking up an ERA of 5.84 (68 ERA+) and a strikeout-walk ratio of 2.46. He also owes an additional $60 million over the next two seasons. Abandoning that commitment would be a victory and would help even scales when viewed from the aforementioned cold, calculating dollar-based framework.

Gorman, 22, hit 0.223/0.299/0.411 (103 OPS+) in his first 194 games.

Veteran southpaw José Quintana, who is in the midst of a career resurgence with the Pirates, is attracting commercial interest from several opponents, including the Yankees and White Sox, according to Robert Murray.

Coincidentally, Quintana used to be a member of the Yankees and White Sox organizations. He never pitched for the New York big league club, but spent parts of six seasons in the White Sox rotation.

Quintana started 19 games this season and has amassed 3.70 ERA (114 ERA+) and 2.93 strikeout-to-walk in those competitions. He is a free agent at the end of the year.

Dodgers looking at Cooper

The Dodgers have an interest in Garrett Cooper, the Marlins’ first baseman and outfielder. according to Jon Heyman. Heyman notes that the Dodgers, among others, can wait to see what happens to Soto before attacking other potential targets.

Cooper, meanwhile, was singled out by CBS Sports as one of the top 30 commercial candidates of the summer. Here’s what we wrote at the time:

It’s unclear if the Marlins will entertain Cooper on the go, but he is and will continue to be a popular request because of a solid offensive skill set. He hits the ball hard and at an optimal angle; he smokes fastballs and has an average league smell rate; he has not shown any platoon divisions so far; and so on. Of course, you don’t need to know any of this to realize he’s good with the bat; all you had to do was look at your .292/.370/.472 slash line during the pandemic era. Cooper won’t be a free agent until next season, but if the Marlins are feeling down about their chances — of making the playoffs any year and/or keeping him beyond that point — then they could at least listen. what other teams would be willing to part with.

Stars in Contreras

The Astros, who have received little production from their backstops this season, are among the teams with an interest in Cubs catcher Willson Contreras, according to ESPN’s Jeff Passan. Contreras, an impending free agent, hit 0.258/0.373/0.470 (136 OPS+) with 14 home runs and 21 additional extra-base hits in his first 82 games this season.

Currently, the Astros count on Martín Maldonado and Korey Lee to maintain the reception position. None produced much offensively; ditto for Jason Castro, who doesn’t appear to be recovering quickly from a knee injury.

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