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MLB Rumors: Yankees, Mets unwilling to give up three top prospects for Juan Soto; Brewers add Jake McGee

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The 2022 MLB trading deadline is 11 days. We will see some manipulation in the standings and some teams may have to prepare to become either buyers or sellers in the coming days, waiting until the last possible day to determine which path to take. In the meantime, the rumor mill will spin. Let’s get down to business.

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

Also, John Heyman mentions that a package that could work for the Yankees would start with prospects Anthony Volpe and Jasson Dominguez, while a package for the Mets would start with players like Francisco Alvarez and Brett Batey. Heyman, however, says neither the Yankees nor the Mets would be willing to give up their top three prospects in the Soto trade.

Heyman lists both New York teams as well as the Dodgers, Padres and Rangers as eligible. There were rumors about the Cardinals and the Blue Jays were also mentioned as Soto’s landing site.

Rangers don’t want to sell Perez

Rangers left-hander Martin Perez is pursuing a career year at the age of 31. He’s 7-2 with a 2.68 ERA (147 ERA+) and just made his first All-Star Game. Considering he’s only on a one-year, $4 million contract and the Rangers are seven games away from third in the AL with four teams in between, he seems like a very attractive trade-off.

Instead, the Rangers and Perez are looking to a long-term relationship. Dallas Morning News, which reported that Perez was “unlikely” to be traded before the deadline. It should also be noted that both sides tend to wait until the end of the trade deadline to negotiate an extension so that the front office is free to work on the needs of other teams through the trade.

We’re not sure if that means the Rangers will be buyers rather than sellers, or just sell on margin to gain momentum next season, though we’re inclined to believe the larger target will be met next season.

Interest in Benintendi

The Royals were forced to include All-Star outfielder Andrew Benintendi on the restricted roster during their most recent trip to Canada due to him not being vaccinated against COVID-19, leading many to wonder if AL East teams such as The Yankees and Red Sox refuse to pursue him at the deadline.

This is not the case, by Mark Feinsand. He reports that “several teams,” including “some in East Alabama,” are tackling Benintendi.

Benintendi is hitting .317/.386/.401 with 14 doubles, two triples, three homers, 37 RBIs and 37 runs this season. His vaccination status matters because it has to do with crossing the US-Canada border (traveling to Toronto to play for the Blue Jays), because he is not allowed to be in Toronto without a vaccine.

Rodón vests with opt-out clause

Giants All-Star Carlos Rodon has hit 110 innings this season, according to MLB Trade Rumors. This checkmark activates the opt-out clause. The left-hander signed a two-year, $44 million contract last offseason with the Giants, but it included a minimum of innings to hit a waiver clause, apparently tied to Rawdon’s injury history.

It’s like betting on yourself, and Rodon clearly made the right decision. In those 110 innings, he had a 2.95 ERA (139 ERA+), 1.14 BOOK and 138 strikeouts. If he can stay strong for the rest of the season, he will be able to drop and certainly make a lot more money on the open market. If he gets injured again, he could just keep his current contract and make $22.5 million next season. Glory to Rodon.

The Brewers signed left-handed pitcher Jake McGee. according to Ken Rosenthal. McGee, 35, was released by the Giants last week. So far this season, McGee has an ugly line — 7.17 ERA, 1.55 WHIP, just 11 strikeouts in 21 1/3 innings — but his FIP of 4.14 on the surface suggests there might be something left. . Last season, McGee saved 31 games in 36 chances with a 2.72 ERA (153 ERA+ but 3.35 FIP), .91 BOOK and 58 strikeouts against just nine unintended walks in 59 2/3 innings. He’s a deep figure at the moment, though the Brewers wouldn’t mind if he threw like he did last year.

Citizens sign Dahl

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


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