MLB trade rumours: Cardinals’ Juan Soto talks intensify; Yankees Watch Frankie Montas and Luis Castillo

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 frontrunneralthough more than a few clubs have the pieces and motivation to get a deal done. Here are the Wednesday trading deadline rumors as we await the latest Soto developments.

Gorman, Corbin in Soto Trade?

the cardinals, Identified by CBS Sports as the Favorites to Land Nationals outfielder Juan Soto has “stepped up” his efforts to close a deal, according to Jeff Jones of the Belleville News Democrat.

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

Putting Corbin on Soto is one way for the Nationals to get a better deal, but not in the conventional “the other team will then add more to their side” feeling. Instead, Corbin was a pitcher well below substitution level in his last 50 starts, with a 5.84 ERA (68 ERA+) and a 2.46 strikeout-to-walk ratio. He also owes another $60 million over the next two seasons. Throwing off that commitment would be a win and would even tip the scales from the aforementioned cold dollar-based framework.

Gorman, 22, batted .223/.299/.411 (103 OPS+) in his first 194 at bats.

Yankees interested in top veteran starters

Veteran lefthander José Quintana, who is in the midst of a career revival with the Pirates, is drawing trade interest from a variety of contenders, including the Yankees and White Sox, according to Robert Murray.

Coincidentally, Quintana was a member of both the Yankees and White Sox organizations. He never pitched for the New York premier league club, but he did spend parts of six seasons in the White Sox rotation.

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

The Yankees are also interested in Frankie Montas and Luis Castillo, the two best starters on the market, according to Jon Heyman. However, a deal is not known to be close.

Dodgers watch Cooper

The Dodgers are interested in Marlin’s first baseman/outfielder Garrett Cooper, according to Jon Heyman. Heyman notes that the Dodgers, among others, can wait to see what happens to Soto before moving on to other potential targets.

Cooper, for his part, was marked as one of the top 30 trade candidates of the summer by CBS Sports. This is what we wrote at the time:

It’s unclear if the Marlins will entertain the moving Cooper, but he is and remains a popular demand for his rock-solid offensive skills. He hits the ball hard and at an optimized angle; he smokes fastballs and has a competition average whiff rate; he has so far shown no platoon division; and so on. Of course you didn’t need to know anything about that to realize that he is good with the stick; you only had to look at its .292/.370/.472 slash during the pandemic era. Cooper won’t be a free agent until after next season, but if the Marlins feel gloomy about their chances — of making the playoffs in either year and/or keeping him after that point — then they would at least be able to listen to what other teams would want to part with.

Astros in on Contraras

The Astros, who have received little production from their backstops this season, are among the teams interested in Cubs catcher Willson Contreras, according to ESPN’s Jeff Passan. Contreras, an impending free agent, has hit .258/.373/.470 (136 OPS+) with 14 homeruns and 21 additional basehits in his first 82 games this season.

The Astros currently rely on Martín Maldonado and Korey Lee to hold the catching position. Neither has yielded much offensively; ditto for Jason Castro, who doesn’t seem to be recovering quickly from a knee injury.

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