MLB Rumors: Red Sox listening to offers for JD Martinez; Tigers ready to trade Tarik Skubal

The 2022 MLB trade deadline is just a week away and all eyes are on Nationals prodigy Juan Soto. The Cardinals are considered the favoriteyet more than a few clubs have the parts and the motivation to strike a deal. Here are Tuesday’s trade delay rumors as we await Soto’s latest developments.

Tigers ready to trade Skubal

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The Tigers have made “pretty much everyone” available, including left-hander Tarik Skubal, according to The Athletic. Skubal, 25, has stumbled a bit lately, but he’s a misfire who won’t be eligible for free agency until after the 2026 season. It’s never wrong to listen to players, though Skubal seems like the kind of pitcher the ever-rebuilding Tigers should keep and build around.

Detroit has several relievers to peddle at the deadline (Andrew Chafin, Michael Fulmer, Gregory Soto) and they believe they are active sellers again, although trading Skubal would be a tough pill to swallow given the club had to take a step forward. before this year. . Again, there’s no harm in listening to any player, but trading Skubal wouldn’t be a popular move, and it’s fair to wonder if longtime general manager Al Avila should be the one to effect such an important exchange considering how far the team has come.

Red Sox slugger ‘on the market’

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Despite dropping 13 of their last 17 games and dropping three games behind a wildcard spot, the Red Sox have no trade talks involving Xander Bogaerts and Rafael Devers, team president Sam Kennedy said during from an interview with WEEI (through the boston globe). Specifically, Kennedy said “there has been no internal or external discussion or communication” about the swapping of the team’s two local stars.

Boston did, however, put JD Martinez “on the trade market”, according to ESPN (podcast link). The future 35-year-old is a hire and he’s having a productive season, albeit with less power over the fence than usual. The remainder of Martinez’s $19.375 million salary could be a hurdle for some teams, but if the Red Sox decide to sell, they would be wise to eat cash to maximize their return.

Devers, 25, is on the injured list with a hamstring strain and will remain on the team as an arbitration-eligible player in 2023. He rejected a contract extension at the spring training – both sides would be “very far away”. – and the figure of the Red Sox to try to extend it this winter. Trading Devers sounds crazy, but remember, this is the same team that traded Mookie Betts after they rejected an overtime.

As for Bogaerts, he can opt out of the last three years and $60 million remaining on his contract after the season, and he is expected to do so. The 29-year-old has full trade protection. Bogaerts has played in more games at shortstop than anyone in Red Sox history. Keeping him at the deadline and extending him seems reasonable, although it’s unclear if the team will do what it takes to keep him.

Cubs are likely to trade Happ

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There is huge interest in Cubs outfielder Ian Happ and the team is likely to trade him, ESPN reports. The future 28-year-old was an All-Star for the first time this season and, thanks to improved contact capacity, he is having his best all-around season. Happ has also settled in as a full-time left fielder after spending most of his career switching between positions. He is not a hire and will remain under the control of the team until 2023.

Assuming Soto is every team’s plan A, then Happ is considered plan B for most teams because he offers an extra year of control and more power than top rental outfielder Andrew Benintendi. Happ’s market may not really start to move until Soto’s future is settled. Soto is the kind of player you put your all on hold to acquire. Teams don’t want to give up the prospect of getting Happ only to learn they would have had a chance against Soto had they waited a little longer.

A’s Murphy’s interest in drawing

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Athletics receiver Sean Murphy is attracting commercial interest, reports The Athletic. Cubs backstop Willson Contreras is the best receiver available on the trade market, but he is on loan, while Murphy will remain under the control of the team until 2025 as an eligible player for arbitration. He is also the top defensive receiver. Murphy can help a team win now and win later.

As expected, the A’s have the worst record in the American League, and they’re likely to trade right-hander Frankie Montas before the deadline. Good young receivers are hard to come by, but Oakland already has Murphy’s replacement in top prospect Shea Langeliers, who is tearing up the Triple-A after coming into the trade from Matt Olson. Catching is low in baseball and the A’s figure has no shortage of suitors for Murphy.

Neal T. Doss