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Wednesday, May 11, 2022

MLB execs polled on every big ‘22 topic so far

Who will be the biggest name moved prior to the Trade Deadline?

Frankie Montas, Athletics (8 votes)
Luis Castillo, Reds (7 votes)
Xander Bogaerts, Red Sox (5 votes)
Nathan Eovaldi, Red Sox (2 votes)
Aaron Nola, Phillies (1 vote)
Bryan Reynolds, Pirates (1 vote)
Nelson Cruz, Nationals (1 vote)
Joey Gallo, Yankees (1 vote)
Juan Soto, Nationals (1 vote)

Predictably, Montas headlines this list, as many around the game had expected him to be traded before the season began.

“Someone will need pitching and Oakland will be dealing in a lopsided sellers’ market,” an AL assistant GM said.

That pitching market will also likely include Castillo, who was activated from the injured list on Monday after missing the opening month.

“Castillo will be the most prominent player traded at the Deadline in what may amount to one of the most significant class of starting pitchers to be traded at a Deadline,” an AL GM said.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 11, 2022 at 09:37 AM | 16 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. The Duke Posted: May 11, 2022 at 02:06 PM (#6076287)
That same article has Soto on the trade block. Can't even imagine what he would bring
   2. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: May 11, 2022 at 03:49 PM (#6076301)
Joey Gallo, Yankees (1 vote)

Oh, please, PLEASE let that 1 vote be Cashman's!
   3. The Yankee Clapper Posted: May 11, 2022 at 03:56 PM (#6076303)
Reds & Red Sox dominating one category:
Which player or team has been the biggest disappointment?

Red Sox (8 votes)
Reds (5 votes)
Joey Votto, Reds (3 votes)
Phillies (3 votes)
Marcus Semien, Rangers (2 votes)
White Sox (1 vote)
Rangers (1 vote)
Nelson Cruz, Nationals (1 vote)
Trevor Story, Red Sox (1 vote)
   4. Walt Davis Posted: May 11, 2022 at 04:01 PM (#6076304)
Whither Willson Contreras? It's impossible to believe the Yanks are going to go the whole season without upgrading at C -- doesnj't have to be Contreras but he's such an obvious guy to target ... and while not a huge national star, a bigger name than Brian Reynolds.

Interesting that one GM says Montas will be traded in a "lopsided sellers' market" and another says we will see heaps of pitchers moved.

Obviously Cruz needs to start hitting before he's moved; at this point there's a decent chance he'll be released. It's just a bad month but the end often comes quickly when you're 41 and 500 HR looks quite far away now.

The Nats have two more years of control over Soto after this one. They'll be expensive years (probably $55-60 M) but so what. The Nats have the money. What would be the point of trading your 23 (23!) year-old superstar for a boatload of 20-year-0lds hoping one of them is half the player Soto is ... so that, if/when the time is right, you can go out and offer a $35 M per year contract to a player 2/3 the player Soto is in hopes of winning a title. Anyway, they are welcome to every Cubs' prospect they want for Soto.
   5. The Duke Posted: May 11, 2022 at 04:24 PM (#6076310)
I completely agree Walt- that's crazy talk but money issues can drive something like this. Other than the big man himself, Bane Ruth, I can't think of some one like Soto being traded. Carlton comes to mind but he wasn't a star quite yet.

I'd love to get him on the Cardinals - we have a deep farm - this would be a great time to do it.

I assume you'd have to take Strausburg's contract to get this done.
   6. Astroenteritis Posted: May 11, 2022 at 04:45 PM (#6076313)
I don't know what the worst offensive production from a position in history is, but the Astros catchers are making a run at it:
Maldonado 078/189/188 OPS+ 14
Castro 069/206/069 OPS+ -13
   7. Ron J Posted: May 11, 2022 at 05:33 PM (#6076332)
#6 Yeah but in a strict platoon they could reasonably hope to reach 0 OPS+.

   8. Doug Jones threw harder than me Posted: May 11, 2022 at 05:49 PM (#6076335)
Seems like none of the really important questions, the ones the GM's really should be interested in, were being asked.

Here's some:

A) What can you do to recapture the sports narrative from the NBA and the NFL?
Sub-questions:
i) What can be done to minimize TTO-ball?
ii) When can the pitch clock come to MLB?
iii) What other changes can be made to improve the product?
iv) Does the complete collapse of the Oakland A's attendance portend bad things for baseball overall?

B) When are they going to get rid of Manfred and find someone who actually loves the game?
   9. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: May 11, 2022 at 05:51 PM (#6076336)
I completely agree Walt- that's crazy talk but money issues can drive something like this. Other than the big man himself, Bane Ruth, I can't think of some one like Soto being traded.

It was long ago, and they were mostly sold rather than traded, but Connie Mack twice dumped future HoFers in order (he said) to avoid bankruptcy. Grove, Foxx, Simmons, Cochrane, and before that Collins and some other slightly lesser stars.

And more recently, there was Stanton, who actually was traded, and just as he was entering what usually are a player's peak years.

EDIT: Upon reflection, I can see that Soto's age distinguishes him from the above list. But then Ruth himself was already 25 when Frazee dumped him.
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   10. The Duke Posted: May 11, 2022 at 05:56 PM (#6076338)
If Soto were available wouldn't you do just about anything trade-wise to get him ?
   11. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: May 11, 2022 at 08:55 PM (#6076367)
I'd gladly trade Gallo and Hicks for Soto in a generous two for one deal. (smile)
   12. Ron J Posted: May 12, 2022 at 12:13 AM (#6076406)
#11 You'd even bankroll No No Nanette (yeah, urban legend)
   13. Walt Davis Posted: May 12, 2022 at 02:09 AM (#6076415)
money issues can drive something like this.

The Nats have no money issues. They're a very wealthy team, their payroll this year is just $125 and going down. Their only commitments after this year are 4 years of Strasburg ($140) and 2 years of Corbin ($50). Again, their revenues are (at least) $210 M plus half their local revenue.
   14. The Yankee Clapper Posted: May 12, 2022 at 02:52 AM (#6076416)
The Nats have no money issues.
Ownership’s willingness, not ability, to spend Big Bucks seems to be an issue. Sometimes they do, sometimes not. They’re not the Dodgers. Soto will be the big test.
   15. Buck Coats Posted: May 12, 2022 at 12:10 PM (#6076435)
I would think Bryce Harper already was the big test.
   16. John Northey Posted: May 12, 2022 at 04:31 PM (#6076482)
As a Jays fan I had to check what it would take to get Soto. Trade Values says basically (they won't let you pick Soto) that it would take Bichette, Kirk, and Moreno to make it work (204.8 value for Soto 206.7 - close enough that their system would take it I'd think).

Now, as a Jays fan, I can't imagine that happening, but if it did the Jays actually could make it work - Espinal is a natural SS (very good on defense to put it mildly) who is hitting half decently while at 2B, Biggio coming back to take over 2B, Jansen/Collins/Heineman as the 3 headed catcher for now.

It'd be a hell of a challenge trade for each to make, but it would give the Jays that power LH bat they want, improve defense overall (Bo is 'meh' at defense at best). But it would be a heck of a risk to trade Moreno before he reaches and Bichette can carry a team when he is on.

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