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MLB trade rumors: Padres open to discussing Soto deal with CJ Abrams.Yankees' Frankie Montas top target

Major League Baseball’s trade deadline is four days away, and the biggest pitching chips dropped late Friday night. Reds send right-hander Luis Castillo to Mariners, acquire four prospectsThe trade likely leaves Seattle out of the running for Nationals prodigy Juan Soto. The market is said to have slumped to four teams.With that in mind, there are rumors of a Saturday trading deadline.

Padres in talks with Contreras.Open to young people working for Soto

The Padres are among the top contenders for Nationals outfielder Juan Soto, and are ready to discuss infielder CJ Abrams, outfielder Robert Hassell III and lefty Adrian Molejon. According to John MorosiThe Nationals have been known to seek out a mix of prospects and young big league players. With Abrams struggling in the majors and Mollageon recovering from elbow surgery, it’s unclear if the Padres package will cross their threshold.

The Padres are also in talks with the Cubs about catcher Wilson Contreras. ESPN reportedContreras will become a free agent after the season and will almost certainly be traded before Tuesday’s trade deadline. The San Diego catcher has hit .258/.311/.366 this season, better than his .225/.294/.364 position average, but Contreras is still a significant upgrade.

Coming into Saturday, the Padres were leading 2.5 games in the wild card bracket, but have lost 21 of their last 36 games, and their offense really struggles at times. The Padres can use offensive help in multiple positions, especially in the outfield. The bullpen could use reinforcements as well as Taylor Rodgers, who was recently removed from the closer role.

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The Phillies have acquired infielder Edmund Sosa from the Cardinals and left-handed bullpen candidate Jojo Romero, the team announced Saturday. Sosa finished last season as the Cardinals’ starting shortstop, but has struggled this year, slipping into a utility role.St. Louis has a lot of infielders, so they gave Sosa an interesting piece of his bullpen.

When it comes to Philadelphia, shortstop and second baseman output have a lot to work on this year, but Jean Segura is set to return from a broken finger next week. Romero, 25, has allowed his 21 runs in 21 2/3 innings of his career, but his mid-’90s fastball and hard changeup give him chances to miss the bat in the long run. ing.

Blue Jays interested in Fulmer

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The Blue Jays are one team interested in Tigers right-hander Michael Fulmer. Press MLB.comFulmer pitched a scoreless eighth inning in Toronto on Friday. Among them are Andrew Chafin and All-Star Gregory Soto, but with free agency on the horizon, Fulmer has an urgency to move him.

Pitching is a top priority for a Blue Jays team that has been in tears offensively in recent weeks. Fulmer transformed into his machine, a slider that missed the bat, but Walk he also ran into trouble. He’s the kind of rental his reliever who moves to meet deadlines every year and upgrades every contender’s bullpen.

Montas becomes Yankees’ top target

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With Castillo off the board, Athletics right-hander Frankie Montas became the Yankees’ number one target. USA Today reportedAll must go to Oakland and Montas is the top of the team’s remaining trade chips. The right-hander missed his two starts earlier this month with a minor shoulder problem, but has shown strength in his first two starts and has been at a high level in recent years. I am pitching with

New York wants a rotation upgrade and will probably have to win a bidding war to get Montas. It is attractive because as a player you are under the control of your team. He’s not on loan, and as Castillo’s trade has shown, the price for an Impact starter’s postseason 2 run is high.

A’s, the Brewers talked about Laureano

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Athletics and Brewers have discussed outfielder Ramon Laureano new york postLaureano is one of the A’s remaining trade chips and will be a long-term addition as he will remain under the team’s control until 2025. Center field is the Brewers’ weakness, and Laureano is better than the Jonathan Davis/Tyrone Taylor platoon.

Milwaukee, who are currently leading the pack in NL Central, could use another bat to lengthen their lineup, and Laureano will also bring a speed element. His defense tends to be overrated—Laureano’s hands are great, but his range and routes are so-so—but the Brewers’ center fielder has hit .213/.272/.313 this year. You are fighting for the division title.

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Instead of trading him on deadline, The Rockies are nearing a two-year contract extension with Daniel Byrd. Worth about $19 million. Bird, 37, became a free agent after the season and was a front-runner for a trade. Bird, the 2020 NL Comeback Player of the Year, remains the top bat-miss and ground-getter. The Rockies retained Trevor Story and John Gray by a deadline last year, but were unable to re-sign them as free agents. This time, Bard was smart enough to extend it before it hit the market.

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Dodgers add veteran right-hander Chris Martin to bullpenUtility man Zach McKinstry went to the Cubs in a one-for-one trade. Martin adds depth to the bullpen without the likes of Blake His Trainen (shoulder inflammation) and Daniel Hudson (ACL rupture). The Cubs get a pop and versatile bench piece from McKinstry.

Rays Acquire Peralta

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The Rays acquired veteran outfielder David Peralta from the Diamondbacks.Minor league catcher Christian Selda will go to Arizona in a one-for-one trade. Tampa sits in his one of the bottom thirds of the league in runs per game, and Peralta provides much-needed power with his bat, but the left-handed swinger has the platoon’s greatest talent. I need a partner. He will help the Rays as they wait for the likes of Wonder Franco, Manuel Margot and Harold Ramirez to return from the disabled list.