MLB Rumors: Yankees, Mets Not Willing To Give Up Top Three Prospects For Juan Soto;  Rangers want to keep Pérez

MLB Rumors: Yankees, Mets Not Willing To Give Up Top Three Prospects For Juan Soto; Rangers want to keep Pérez

The 2022 MLB trade deadline is 11 days away. We will see some jockeying in the standings, and some teams may have to prepare to be either buyers or sellers in the coming days, waiting until the last possible day to decide which way to go. Meanwhile, the rumor mill will be churning. Let’s get to it.

Key scoop from CBS Sports’ own RJ Anderson: The Nationals are expected to do everything they can to include Patrick Corbin (and the roughly $60 million left on his deal for the next two seasons) in a Soto deal. Full story here.

Jon Heyman also mentions that a package that could work for the Yankees would start with top prospects Anthony Volpe and Jasson Dominguez, while a package for the Mets would start with something like Francisco Alvarez and Brett Baty. However, Heyman reports that neither the Yankees nor the Mets would be comfortable giving up their top three prospects in a Soto trade.

Heyman lists both the New York teams as well as the Dodgers, Padres and Rangers as eligible. The Cardinals have been heavily rumored, and the Blue Jays have also been mentioned as a Soto landing spot.

Rangers do not want to trade Pérez

Rangers lefty Martín Pérez is having a career year at age 31. He is 7-2 with a 2.68 ERA (147 ERA+) and is fresh off his first All-Star Game. Given that he’s on a one-year, $4 million deal and the Rangers are seven games out of the third AL wild-card spot — with four teams in between — he seems like a very attractive trade.

Instead, Rangers and Pérez are looking at a long-term relationship, according to Dallas Morning News, which reports that Pérez is “unlikely” to be traded before the deadline. It’s also worth noting that the two sides are inclined to wait until after the trade deadline to talk extension so that the front office is free to work on other team needs via trade.

We’re not sure if this means Rangers would rather be buyers than sellers or just sell on margins to boost to next season, although we’re inclined to think the bigger target will be next season.

Interest in Benintendi

The Royals, who were forced to put All-Star outfielder Andrew Benintendi on the restricted list during their last trip to Canada due to not being vaccinated for Covid-19, had many wondering if AL East teams like the Yankees and Red The Sox can decline to pursue him at the deadline.

That’s not how it is, according to Mark Feinsand. He reports that “several teams”, including “some in the AL East”, are in on Benintendi.

Benintendi is hitting .317/.386/.401 with 14 doubles, two triples, three homers, 37 RBI and 37 runs this season. His vaccination status matters when it comes to crossing the US-Canada border (traveling to Toronto to play the Blue Jays), because he is ineligible in Toronto without a vaccine.

Rodón’s opt-out clause vests

As pointed out by MLB Trade Rumors , Giants All-Star starter Carlos Rodón has now pitched 110 innings this season. That mark triggers his opt-out clause. The lefty signed a two-year deal worth $44 million this past offseason with the Giants, but it included the minimum to get an opt-out clause, obviously related to Rodón’s injury history.

It’s akin to a bet on yourself, and Rodón has clearly made the right decision so far. In those 110 innings, he has pitched to a 2.95 ERA (139 ERA+), 1.14 WHIP and has 138 strikeouts. If he can stay strong through the rest of the season, he will be able to opt out and certainly make a lot more money on the open market. If he gets hurt again, he could simply stay on his current deal and make $22.5 million next season. Kudos to Rodón.

Nationals sign Dahl

The Nationals have signed former All-Star David Dahl to a minor league deal, the club announced. Dahl, a 28-year-old outfielder, was an All-Star for the Rockies in 2019, but in 87 games between the Rockies and Rangers in 2020 and 2021, he combined to hit just .201/.239/.299 (44 OPS+). For those who want to read into this: Dahl is an outfielder the Nationals can add if Soto is traded. For those who don’t: It’s a minor-league signing and teams do this for organizational depth all the time.

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