The MLB Trade Deadline is fast approaching on Tuesday, August 2 at 6 p.m. ET. Unlike years past, there’s expected to be some major movement by contending teams and rebuilding ones. The Washington Nationals could end up shipping out All-Star OF Juan Soto, who turned down a massive extension last month. There are a few teams expected to be in the running for Soto’s services, which would last at least the rest of this season and the next two.
Other big names who could be on the move include Boston Red Sox DH J.D. Martinez and Chicago Cubs C Willson Contreras. So far heading into the deadline we’ve seen a few big names dealt. Cincinnati Reds SP Luis Castillo was acquired by the Seattle Mariners last week. Milwaukee Brewers All-Star closer Josh Hader was sent to the San Diego Padres on Monday. The Yankees also acquired Oakland Athletics SP Frankie Montas before the deadline on Monday.
Below we’ll be tracking every deal on deadline day.
MLB Trade Deadline live updates
6:00 — Catcher Cam Gallagher is heading from the Royals to the Padres for Brent Rooker, per Dennis Lin.
6:00 p.m. — Three-team trade! Catcher Austin Romine is headed to the Reds, catcher Austin Allen is going to the Cardinals, and right-hander Carlos Guarate is headed to the Oakland Athletics.
C Austin Romine has been traded to the Cincinnati Reds for cash considerations.— St. Louis Cardinals (@Cardinals) August 2, 2022
We have acquired C Austin Allen from the Oakland Athletics in exchange for minor league RHP Carlos Guarate.
Allen will be assigned to Memphis (AAA).
6:00 p.m. — Whit Merrifield has been traded to the Toronto Blue Jays.
Whit Merrifield has been traded to the Toronto Blue Jays, sources tell ESPN.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) August 2, 2022
One has to believe he'll be getting vaccinated.
5:54 p.m. — Jordan Montgomery heads from the Yankees to the St. Louis Cardinals, with Harrison Bader heading back to the Yanks.
Cardinals acquiring LHP Jordan Montgomery from the Yankees, sources tell me and @LindseyAdler. Return not yet known.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) August 2, 2022
5:52 p.m. — The Phillies are close to acquiring Noah Syndergaard from the Angels, per Jeff Passan. The deal is done, and former number one overall pick Mickey Moniak is heading back to Los Angeles along with another prospect.
5:34 p.m. — Yankees are in talks with Marlins about starting pitcher Pablo Lopez.
Yankees have been talking to Marlins about Pablo Lopez. Would be prospects if it happens.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) August 2, 2022
5:17 p.m. — The Brewers are acquiring RP Trevor Rosenthal from the Giants, per Ken Rosenthal.
According to a report from @Jonheyman, the good Rosenthal is on the move. Trevor. From the Giants to the Brewers.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) August 2, 2022
4:39 p.m. — The Seattle Mariners are acquiring Curt Casali from the Giants for Michael Stryffeler, per Robbert Murray.
4:26 p.m. — Brandon Drury has been traded to the Padres from the Reds, per Ken Rosenthal.
3:52 p.m. — The Minnesota Twins will be acquiring Tyler Mahle from the Cincinnati Reds, per Passan.
The Minnesota Twins are finalizing a deal to acquire right-hander Tyler Mahle from the Cincinnati Reds, sources tell ESPN. Two hitting prospects and one pitching prospect are expected to be the return once the deal gets through medical review.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) August 2, 2022
3:46 p.m. — David Robertson is being traded from the Chicago Cubs to the Phillies.
3:39 p.m. — The Philadelphia Phillies are trading Double-A catcher Logan O’Hoppe to the Angels for outfielder Brandon Marsh, per multiple reports.
3:35 p.m. — The final piece of the Soto deal, per reports, is Luke Voit heading to Washington. So it looks like that’s all settled. Voit isn’t Hosmer but when healthy isn’t a bad power bat in the middle of the order.
2:36 p.m. — The Gallo deal to the Dodgers has been finalized. We don’t know what the return is (if there is any). The Yankees could just get cash back or a middling prospect.
2:29 p.m. — We also have an update on Hosmer. Per reports, he’s now headed to the Boston Red Sox as opposed to the Nationals in the Soto deal. This could mean it’s a three-way trade or Hosmer is separate of the blockbuster.
2:27 p.m. — Things have been very quiet since the Soto deal but we have some good news for Yankees fans. The team is close to sending the outfielder to the Los Angeles Dodgers, per Jon Heyman and others.
12:51 p.m. — Ken Rosenthal confirms a report from Jim Bowden that the deal will go through regardless if Hosmer accepts or declines. It’s also being thrown around by Bob Nightengale that Hosmer is out of the deal, but we’ll wait for confirmation on that.
Source confirms what Jim is saying. Deal will go through with or without Hosmer. Padres still must decide what to do with him.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) August 2, 2022
12:39 p.m. — So Hosmer hasn’t OK’d the deal, which would create a potential problem. Reports don’t suggest the deal will fall through. The Padres can compensate Hosmer in order to get him to accept the trade and go to Washington. There’s also a chance if Hosmer does decline to be traded that another position player is added to take his place. That could end up being Wil Myers.
11:50 a.m. — The Padres and Nationals have agreed to terms on a Soto deal, which will also include Bell, per ESPN’s Jeff Passan. Check out the full details below. The Nationals acquire two MLB assets in Gore and Abrams, who both project to be plus-starters. Gore may end up missing time if he needs elbow surgery. Abrams has struggled in the big leagues this season but is still young and has upside.
Hassell and Wood are both top-5 prospects in San Diego. According to Jon Heyman, the other MLB player Passan mentions is 1B Eric Hosmer, which is somewhat of a decent acquisition. Hosmer isn’t the same All-Star caliber player, but is still having a solid season batting .272 with 8 HRs and 40 RBI.
The package going back to Washington for Juan Soto and Josh Bell, sources tell ESPN:— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) August 2, 2022
- LHP MacKenzie Gore
- OF Robert Hassell III
- SS C.J. Abrams
- OF James Wood
- RHP Jarlin Susana
- one more major league player
That's the only holdup right now to the agreed-upon deal.
11:30 a.m. — There is optimism the Nationals will be able to send Soto to the Padres, per multiple reports. Nothing is official but it seems a deal is imminent between the two sides. A lot needs to be worked out, so we’ll track the latest updates here.
The Minnesota Twins are finalizing a deal to acquire closer Jorge Lopez from the Baltimore Orioles for left-hander Cade Povich, right-handed reliever Yennier Cano and more prospects from the complex league, sources tell ESPN.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) August 2, 2022
Monday recap — There was plenty of action yesterday before the deadline with more teams having the off day. Among the top moves were Montas to the Yankees, Trey Mancini and Christian Vasquez to the Houston Astros and Hader going to the Padres. There are still plenty of big names available, including Noah Syndergaard, who is being targeted by the Phillies, Braves and Blue Jays as of late Monday night. The St. Louis Cardinals also struck a late deal with the Pittsburgh Pirates for LHP Jose Quintana.