The Tigers and Blue Jays are a natural fit for a successful trade

With an extra playoff spot available in every league, this year’s MLB trade deadline is shaping up to be one of the most dramatic times in recent memory.

The Seattle Mariners caused a stir earlier in the week when they acquired starter Luis Castillo, considered the best starting pitcher option on the market, from the Cincinnati Reds for a high-end prospect group.

Castillo’s move should spark a flurry of other exciting activity around MLB as we inch closer to Tuesday’s 6 p.m. ET deadline.

Blue Jays, Yankees, Cardinals on Frankie Montas

To note: Since that story was published, reports have surfaced that the New York Yankees had secured Frankie Montas from the Oakland Athletics, taking another starter out of the market. Read more about this agreement here.

Now that Castillo is out of the market, Oakland Athletics starter Frankie Montas is becoming the most attractive starter. The Toronto Blue Jays, New York Yankees and St. Louis Cardinals are the main contenders for the 29-year-old’s services. by MLB Network Jon Morosi.

Montas has pitched just once since coming off the injured list with a shoulder injury but has been otherwise excellent this season, throwing to a 3.18 ERA (117 ERA+) in 19 departures.

Either the Blue Jays or the Yankees would be happy to secure Montas’ services, as both clubs need to start throwing. The Bronx Bombers were ‘close’ in the Castillo contest, per MLB.com Marc Feinsand, indicating New York’s willingness to process from its agricultural system. Toronto traded with the A’s before the season and also has a reputation for being aggressive in late ties.

Keep an eye out for Montas as a strong candidate to head to the AL East.

Tigers and Blue Jays are a natural pair

Sportsnet Shi Davidi recently suggested the Jays are prioritizing first-rate back-up weapons, which makes a deal with the Detroit Tigers very logical. Michael Fulmer, Joe Jiménez and Gregory Soto are all having good seasons and would immediately offer Toronto a reliable late-inning option ahead of closer Jordan Romano.

Starting pitcher Tarik Skubal, who isn’t a free agent until 2027, would also be available, though Morosi Remarks the Tigers would only part ways with Skubal or Soto for “several high-impact players.”

At this point, we don’t think Toronto is looking for a left-handed bat, for Athleticismit’s Ken Rosenthal. The focus remains on the swing-and-miss bullpen arms.

Padres pushing for Juan Soto

After turning down a massive 15-year, $440 million contract extension with the Washington Nationals, Soto immediately became the “white whale” of this year’s goals. Right now, it looks like the San Diego Padres are up first because they’re would have willing to move several of their top prospects into a potential trade from Soto.

By his standards, the 23-year-old is having a “low season”, hitting just .243 this season, but his OBP (.403), home run power (20) and 2.5 years in control make him far the best player available. As such, a trade for Soto could result in the heaviest comeback in MLB history.

While the Padres are favored to land Soto, Athleticism Jim Bowden reported that the Cardinals and Los Angeles Dodgers are the other two clubs involved in the trade talks.

Shohei Ohtani unlikely to be traded

As fun as the speculation is, all signs point to the Los Angeles Angels hanging on to Shohei Ohtani until the trade deadline, reports SNYIt’s Andy Martino.

An MVP-caliber hitter and ace-like starting pitcher, the Japanese phenom apparently wouldn’t be moved by the Angels unless the package was outrageous. The New York Post reported that Ohtani’s current price is “something like your top four prospects.”

Instead, the Angels, who sit fourth in the AL West, are more inclined to deal with starter Noah Syndergaard, closer Raisel Iglesias and relievers Ryan Tepera and Aaron Loup.

Mets, Padres, Astros, Rays chasing Cubs’ Contreras

The New York Mets would be the most aggressive pursuers of Chicago Cubs receiver Willson Contreras, although the Amazins are not yet ready to pay the high price, per Jon Heyman from The New York Job.

The Mets’ reluctance to pony up for Contreras opens the door to other teams in need of receivers, such as the Padres, Tampa Bay Rays or even the Houston Astros, who seem determined to modernize over Martin Maldonado offensively. limit.

Contreras, a late-season free agent, is having his best year since 2019, slashing .252/.365/.453 (129 OPS+) with 14 homers in 86 games.

Giants and Red Sox go into sell mode

The San Francisco Giants and Boston Red Sox, two playoff teams in 2021, did not maintain their winning ways in 2022, which is why the two clubs take business calls on some of their veterans.

Carlos Rodon is the biggest name on the block for the Giants. The southpaw rocks a 3.00 ERA (136 ERA+) in 21 starts and has an opt-out at the end of 2022. Joc Pederson is also a candidate to be dealt, with the Atlanta Braves looking like a strong contender to reacquire him, as they are would have sought help on the ground.

Boston, on the other hand, has would have told Xander Bogaerts that he would not be tradedalthough the Red Sox are hearing offers on other veterans, such as JD Martinez, Nathan Eovaldi and Christian Vazquez, per Heman. The Mets and Red Sox have been linked in trade talks.

Neal T. Doss