The trade deadline is less than 100 hours away, which means four days of rumblings, rumors and – hopefully – non-stop offers.
Here’s a look at 12 players with a good chance of being traded by 6 p.m. ET on Tuesday, starting with the most likely candidates.
1) Willson Contreras, Cubs C
Introducing a new catcher can be tricky for a competitor, as it can take some time to learn a new pitching staff. But Contreras is arguably the best bat available on the market, so teams might look to acquire him as a designated hitter and part-time backstop. Either way, the impending free agent seems like a lock to move.
Potential landing spots: Astros, Mets, Rays
2) Luis Castillo, Reds RHP (starter)
Cincinnati has been dancing the Castillo trade dance for the past year or two, but most believe the Reds will finally move their ace before that trade deadline. Castillo has an All-Star season, is under club control through 2023, and can impact two pennant races and playoffs. He’s the best starter available and should net the Reds a big boost.
Potential landing spots: Dodgers, Blue Jays, Yankees
3) David Robertson, Cubs RHP (relief)
High leverage relievers are always popular trade targets at this time of year, but when they are on relatively affordable deals they become even more desirable. Robertson owes just over $1.15 million this season (plus a $100,000 assignment bonus and an additional $525,000 in potential performance bonuses, part of which the acquiring club would be responsible for), but counts Given his resurgence this season — he boasts a 1.83 ERA in 35 appearances — and his extensive playoff experience, the 37-year-old will be a major asset to a contender’s bullpen.
Potential landing spots: Mets, Rays, Yankees
4) Josh Bell, Nationals 1B
Juan Soto isn’t the only Nationals player to gain attention in the trade market this summer. Available power bats are relatively rare this month, but Bell — an impending free agent who has 13 homers and a .877 OPS — should help add some pop to a contender at first base or DH. He owes about $3.3 million through the end of the season.
Potential landing spots: Astros, Brewers, Mets
5) Frankie Montas, RHP Athletics (starter)
Montas’ shoulder problem earlier this month caused him to miss a pair of starts, but he came back after the All-Star break and pitched twice, allowing three runs in eight innings. Montas sat in the 95-96 mph range in the opening runs of his last start, and as his speed dropped in the fourth and fifth, he looked like himself throughout the outing. Any concerns over his arm could lower the level of the return, but with another year in control of the club, Oakland would likely wait to move him in the offseason if offers are lighter than expected. In this tight pitching market, however, Montas is a close lock to trade.
Potential landing spots: 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 homers. Drury’s ability to play in multiple positions makes him an attractive addition for suitors, as does his attractive price tag (he owes around $300,000 for the rest of the season).
Potential landing spots: Braves, Dodgers, White Sox
7) Noah Syndergaard, Angels RHP (starter)
Syndergaard’s drop in speed this season – his fastball is averaging 94mph, a stark difference from his 98mph heat-up before Tommy John’s surgery – has caused concern from other clubs, but the player 29-year-old threw a 3.83 ERA in 80 innings in 2022. Syndergaard is unlikely to be acquired as the rotation’s top arm, but teams looking for rotational depth might be willing to try their luck on the right-hander, who will be a free agent this winter. The Angels could probably have a better prospect if they’re willing to repay the $7 million owed to him for the rest of the season.
Potential landing spots: Blue Jays, Phillies, Twins
8) José Quintana, LHP Pirates (starter)
Five years ago, Quintana was one of the most notable names in the trade market, eventually moving from the White Sox to the Cubs in a deal that brought Dylan Cease and Eloy Jiménez to the South side. It’s been a tough run for Quintana since then, but the southpaw is enjoying a rebound season with the Pirates, giving Pittsburgh a solid trade chip heading into the deadline. With only around $650,000 left on his contract, Quintana will be a highly sought-after rental leg.
Potential landing spots: Brewers, Keepers, Sailors
9) David Peralta, D-backs LF
Peralta’s value is simple: he hits the right-handed throw extremely well. His .830 OPS against right-handers this season makes him a legitimate contender for the left field/DH peloton, and some of the league’s contenders have struggled against right-handers this season. The 34-year-old is in the final year of his three-year, $22 million extension, so he owes him less than $3 million for the rest of the season.
Potential landing spots: Padres, Rays, White Sox
10) Daniel Bard, Rockies RHP (relief)
Like Robertson, Bard is a 37-year-old enjoying a big year on a losing team with a relatively affordable 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 will try to continue their relationship with a new extension. If no deal is reached, Bard will be a popular trade target as several teams have already shown interest in the right-hander.
Potential landing spots: Cardinals, Dodgers, Yankees
11) Ian Happ, Cubs LF
Unlike Contreras and Robertson, Happ is the Cubs’ only trade candidate who is signed beyond 2022, so Chicago could wait to shop him again in the offseason. But Happ — who has played all three outfield spots in his career and can also play three infield spots in a pinch — is fresh off his first All-Star appearance, so the Cubs could try to capitalize on his solid season and move off the batting switch by Tuesday.
Potential landing spots: Dodgers, Padres, Phillies
12) Juan Soto, RF Nationals
You didn’t think we’d have this list without including Soto, did you? The sentiment around the industry is that the closer to the deadline, the less likely it becomes that Soto will be moved by Tuesday. The Nationals are rightly asking for perhaps the biggest package of young talent the game has ever seen, and while waiting for the offseason to slightly reduce Soto’s value – he could impact three pennant races and playoffs. if he’s dealt this week, but only two if he moved this winter – Soto’s return in the offseason would still be astronomical.
Potential landing spots: Cardinals, Dodgers, Padres