Yankees and Mets are Unwilling to Give Up Their Top 3 Prospects for Juan Soto; Brewers Sign Jake McGee

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The MLB Trade Deadline is in Less Than 2 Weeks; Here are The Most Recent Rumors.

The MLB 2022 trade deadline is in 11 days. The standings will be jostled, and some teams will be either buyers or sellers, waiting until the last possible day to decide which path to take. Meanwhile, the rumor will be churning. Let’s get started.

The Latest on Juan Soto

The Nationals are expected to do everything possible to include Patrick Corbin in a Soto deal, according to CBS Sports’ R.J. Anderson.

Also, Jon Heyman suggests that a package for the Yankees could begin with top prospects Anthony Volpe and Jasson Dominguez, whereas a package for the Mets could begin with Francisco Alvarez and Brett Baty. According to Heyman, neither the Yankees nor the Mets would be willing to give up their top three prospects in exchange for Soto.

Heyman suggests that both New York teams, as well as the Dodgers, Padres, and Rangers, be considered. The Cardinals and Blue Jays have both been mentioned as potential landing spots for Soto.

Rangers not looking to deal Pérez

Martin Pérez, the Rangers’ lefty, is having a career year at the age of 31. He has a 7-2 record with a 2.68 ERA (147 ERA+) and just returned from his first All-Star Game. Given that he is only on a one-year, $4 million contract and that the Rangers are seven games out of the third AL wild-card spot – with four teams in between – he seems to be an interesting trade piece.

According to the Dallas Morning News, the Rangers and Pérez are discussing a long-term relationship. There is also a note that the two sides will wait until after the trade deadline to discuss an extension.

Interest in Benintendi

The Royals were forced to place Andrew Benintendi on the restricted list due to his lack of COVID-19 vaccination, many wondered if AL East teams like the Yankees and Red Sox might decline to pursue him at the deadline.

According to Mark Feinsand, this is not the case. He reports “multiple teams,” including “some in the AL East,” are interested in Benintendi.

This season, Benintendi is hitting.317/.386/.401 with 14 doubles, two triples, three home runs, 37 RBI, and 37 runs. His vaccination status is significant because he is unqualified in Toronto without a vaccine.

Rodón’s opt-out clause vests

As MLB Trade Rumors points out, Giants All-Star pitcher Carlos Rodón has now pitched 110 innings this season. This mark activates his opt-out clause. The lefty signed a two-year, $44 million contract with the Giants this offseason, but it included an innings minimum to hit for an opt-out clause, which was related to Rodón’s injury history.

Rodón has made the right choice so far. In 110 innings, he has a 2.95 ERA (139 ERA+), 1.14 WHIP, and 138 strikeouts. If he is injured again, he can simply stay on his current contract and earn $22.5 million next season. Rodón deserves praise.

Brewers add McGee

According to Ken Rosenthal, the Brewers Jake McGee. So far this season, McGee has a dismal line of 7.17 ERA, 1.55 WHIP, and only 11 strikeouts in 21 1/3 innings, but his FIP of 4.14 suggests there may be something left in the tank. McGee saved 31 games in 36 chances last season, posting a 2.72 ERA (153 ERA+, but 3.35 FIP), 0.91 WHIP, and 58 strikeouts against nine unintentional walks in 59 2/3 innings.

Nationals sign Dahl

The Nationals announced the signing of former All-Star David Dahl to a minor league contract. Dahl, a 28-year-old outfielder, hit just .201/.239/.299 (44 OPS+) in 87 games between the Rockies and Rangers in 2020 and 2021 combined. Dahl is an outfielder the Nationals could call up if Soto is dealt.

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