2022 Trade Deadline likely players will be dealt

2022 Trade Deadline likely players will be dealt

The trade deadline is less than 100 hours away, which means four days of non-stop rumblings, rumors and — hopefully — deals.

Here’s a look at 12 players with a solid chance to be traded by Tuesday at 6 p.m. ET, starting with the most likely candidates.

1) Willson Contreras, Cubs C
Introducing a new catcher can be difficult for a competitor, as it can take a while to learn a new pitching staff. But Contreras is arguably the best bat available on the market, so teams could look to acquire him as a designated hitter and part-time backstop. Either way, the impending free agent seems like a lock to be moved.

Potential landing sites: Astros, Mets, Rays

2) Luis Castillo, Reds RHP (starter)
Cincinnati has been doing the Castillo trade dance for the past year or two, but most believe the Reds will finally move the ace before this trade deadline. Castillo is coming off an All-Star season, is under club control through 2023 and could impact two pennant races and postseasons. He is the best starter available and should bring back a good move for the Reds.

Potential landing sites: Dodgers, Blue Jays, Yankees

3) David Robertson, Cubs RHP (reliever)
High-leverage relievers are always popular trade targets this time of year, but when they have relatively affordable deals, they become even more attractive. Robertson is owed a little more than $1.15 million this season (plus a $100,000 signing bonus and another $525,000 in potential performance bonuses, part of which the acquiring club will be on the hook for), but given his renaissance this season — owner he 1.83 ERA in 35 appearances — and his vast postseason experience, the 37-year-old will be a big addition to a contender’s bullpen.

Potential landing sites: Mets, Rays, Yankees

4) Josh Bell, Nationals 1B
Juan Soto isn’t the only Nationals player getting attention on the trade market this summer. Available power bats are relatively few this month, but Bell — an impending free agent who has 13 homers and an .877 OPS — should help add some pop to a contender at first base or DH. He was owed approximately $3.3 million through the end of the season.

Potential landing sites: Astros, Brewers, Mets

5) Frankie Montas, Athletics RHP (Starter)
Montas’ shoulder problem earlier this month caused him to miss a pair of starts, but he returned after the All-Star break and has pitched twice, allowing three runs over eight innings. Montas sat in the 95-96 mph range in the early innings of his last start, and while his velocity dropped in the fourth and fifth, he looked like himself throughout the outing. Any concerns over his arm could reduce his level of return, but with another year of club control, Oakland will likely wait to move him in the offseason if the offers are lighter than expected. In this thin pitching market, however, Montas is a near-lock who can be traded.

Potential landing sites: Cardinals, White Sox, Yankees

6) Brandon Drury, Reds INF
The 29-year-old impending free agent is having a career year, already setting a personal best with 19 home runs. Drury’s ability to play multiple positions makes him an attractive addition for contenders, as does his basement price tag (he’s owed roughly $300,000 for the remainder of the season).

Potential landing sites: Braves, Dodgers, White Sox

7) Noah Syndergaard, Angels RHP (starter)
Syndergaard’s drop in velocity this season — his fastball averages 94 mph, a stark difference from the 98 mph heater before Tommy John surgery — has raised concerns from other clubs, but the 29-year-old has pitched to a 3.83 ERA in 80 innings in 2022 .It’s unlikely Syndergaard will be acquired as a top-of-the-rotation arm, but teams looking for rotation depth may be willing to take a chance on the righty, who will be a free agent this winter. The Angels could probably get a better prospect if they’re willing to pay off the $7 million he’s owed for the rest of the season.

Potential landing sites: Blue Jays, Phillies, Twins

8) José Quintana, Pirates LHP (starter)
Five years ago, Quintana was one of the most notable names on the trade market, eventually moving from the White Sox to the Cubs in a deal that landed Dylan Cease and Eloy Jiménez on the South Side. It’s been a tough run for Quintana since then, but the lefty is enjoying a bounce-back season with the Pirates, giving Pittsburgh a solid trade chip heading into the deadline. With only about $650,000 left on his contract, Quintana would be a highly sought after rental arm.

Potential landing sites: Brewers, Guardians, Mariners

9) David Peralta, D-backs LF
Peralta’s value is simple: he hits right-handed pitching extremely well. His .830 OPS against righties this season makes him a legitimate left field/DH platoon candidate, and some of the league’s contenders have struggled against righties this season. The 34-year-old is in the final year of his three-year, $22 million extension, so he’s owed less than $3 million for the rest of the season.

Potential landing sites: Padres, Rays, White Sox

10) Daniel Bard, Rockies RHP (reliever)
Like Robertson, Bard is a 37-year-old closer enjoying a big year on a losing team at a relatively reasonable salary ($4.4 million). Unlike Robertson, who is in his first year with the Cubs, Bard has been with the Rockies since returning to the Majors in 2020, so it’s possible the two are trying to continue their relationship with another extension. If no deal is reached, Bard figures to be a popular trade target, as several teams have already expressed interest in the right-hander.

Potential landing sites: Cardinals, Dodgers, Yankees

11) Ian Happ, Cubs LF
Unlike Contreras and Robertson, Happ is the only Cubs trade candidate signed beyond 2022, so Chicago could wait to trade him again in the offseason. But Happ — who has played all three outfields during his career and can also play three infield positions in a pinch — is coming off his first All-Star appearance, so the Cubs could try to capitalize on his solid season and flip the switch by Tuesday.

Potential landing sites: Dodgers, Padres, Phillies

12) Juan Soto, Nationals RF
You didn’t think we were going to have this list and not include Soto, did you? The feeling around the industry is that the closer it gets to the deadline, the less likely it is that Soto will be moved by Tuesday. The Nationals are rightfully asking for perhaps the greatest package of young talent the game has ever seen, and waiting until the offseason will put a small dent in Soto’s value — he could impact three pennant races and the postseason if dealt this week, but only two if he’s moved this winter — the return for Soto in the offseason would still be astronomical.

Potential landing sites: Cardinals, Dodgers, Padres

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