MLB trade rumours: Yankees discussing Andrew Benintendi, Joey Gallo deals; latest news on athletics Frankie Montas

The Major League Baseball trade deadline will come on Tuesday, August 2 of this year, just over three weeks away. Predictably, the rumor mill is starting to pick up speed as negotiations heat up across the league. As is always the case this time of year, CBS Sports will be providing updates and analysis on all the latest deals and rumors leading up to the final buzzer. Namely, below is the crazy batch of Sunday trade deadlines.

Yankees interested in Benintendi, Gallo trades

The Yankees entered Sunday with a 61-24 record leading the majors in the regular season. That doesn’t mean top executive Brian Cashman is happy with his roster. According to Jon Heyman and Dan Martin, the Yankees had simultaneous discussions about acquiring a new outfielder and trading Joey Gallo.

While the Yankees are likely casting a wide net in their search for outfield help, Royals outfielder Andrew Benintendi is the only name printed by Heyman and Martin.

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Benintendi, an imminent free agent, has had a resurgent season so far, batting .317/.387/.402 (125 OPS+) in his first 82 games. The Royals are reportedly looking for “a good prospect” in return, according to Heyman and Martin’s report.

The Yankees’ demand for Gallo is unknown, but it’s certain to be less than what they gave up to get him from Rangers last July. Gallo has disappointed during his time in New York, hitting for an 87 OPS+ in over 128 games to date. That mark is well below the 116 he posted over eight seasons in Texas.

Gallo, another pending free agent, is likely to attract interest from teams looking for a low-cost buying opportunity.

Could athletics keep Montas?

Oakland right-hander Frankie Montas, one of the best starting pitchers, if not the best starting pitcher, is expected to move that deadline. In what is likely to be seen retroactively as shrewd posturing, A executive David Forst does his best to suggest otherwise.

“We didn’t trade him in spring training because there wasn’t a trade that made sense to us. That will continue to be the case,” Forst told Melissa Lockard of The Athletic. “Whether it’s at the deadline or the next offseason or whatever, there’s no feeling at all that in the next 30 days we’ll have to trade Frankie Montas.”

Either way, it will be recorded as a surprise if the A’s don’t trade Montas at the deadline.

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After all, Oakland aggressively dismantled its core after the lockdown ended, trading Matt Olson, Matt Chapman, Sean Manaea and Chris Bassitt in a bid to cut payrolls. The clock is also ticking on Montas’ team control, as he will qualify for free agency after next season; teams are increasingly reluctant to part ways with top talent for one-year or half-year rentals, which the A’s know all too well.

Montas, 29, has compiled a 3.26 ERA (113 ERA+) and 4.17 strikeout ratio in 17 starts this season.

Neal T. Doss