MLB Trade Rumours: Latest Reports Ahead of 2022 All-Star Game | News, Scores, Highlights, Stats & Rumors

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The 2022 Major League Baseball All-Star Game rosters are full of potential trade prospects.

Juan Soto headlines the group of players who are expected to be available before the August 2 trade deadline.

Soto is making waves in the baseball world, as is Andrew Benintendi, but for the wrong reasons.

The Kansas City Royals outfielder didn’t make the pre-All-Star trip to Toronto with the American League Central team, and his vaccine status could hurt him in the trade market in the coming weeks.


André Benintendi

According to Jon Heyman of New York Post, the New York Yankees and Toronto Blue Jays were both interested in Andrew Benintendi, but both destinations seem unlikely.

“The Jays have been on Benintendi, but obviously he would have to get a shot if he went (of course, he could refuse if he didn’t want to go). The Yankees seem unlikely to go after Benintendi now, given that ‘they could face Toronto in the playoffs,’ Heyman wrote.

Benintendi has emerged as one of the top trade candidates over the past month due to his prowess at the top of the Royals order. He hits .317 and has a .786 OPS with 102 hits and 14 doubles.

The Yankees could have used Benintendi’s left-handed bat to bring more balance to their order. He probably would have been a direct replacement for Joey Gallo in the outfield.

However, the Yankees appear to have turned away from Benintendi because he is not allowed in Canada at this time. New York has a series in Toronto in September, and it could face the Blue Jays in the playoffs as well.

Toronto could benefit from adding a left-handed stick at the deadline to balance out all the powerful right-handed sticks it has in its current lineup.

Any interest in Benintendi from the Blue Jays must be shelved unless he receives the COVID-19 vaccine and agrees to a trade up north.

There should still be plenty of suitors for Benintendi, especially in the National League. The New York Mets “did not back out” of Benintendi’s trade talks, according to Heyman.

The Mets and all other NL contenders are probably the top contenders for Benintendi at this point in the trade market, so the odds of going to Toronto are slim.


Juan Soto

Juan Soto was the talk of Los Angeles on Monday.

The Washington Nationals outfielder won the 2022 Home Run Derby hours after answering questions from the media about his reported place in the trade market.

The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal said Saturday that Soto had rejected a 15-year, $440 million contract with the Nationals and would be available on the trade market.

Soto addressed the report when he spoke to the media Monday at the All-Star festivities in Los Angeles, according to Andy McCullough of The Athletic.

“A few weeks ago they were saying they would never trade me – and now all these things are coming out,” Soto said. “It’s really uncomfortable. You don’t know what to trust. But at the end of the day, the decision they make is not in my hands.

ESPN’s Buster Olney reported Monday on SportsCenter that a Soto trade will take place by Aug. 2 if an agreement isn’t reached between the 23-year-old outfielder and the Nationals.

“Yes, he’s going to be traded unless he finds a deal within the next 15 days,” Olney said.

Olney ranked the San Diego Padres and Texas Rangers as his top two teams to acquire Soto, along with the New York Yankees and Los Angeles Dodgers.

Olney said in the segment with ESPN anchor Jay Harris that the New York Mets and Atlanta Braves don’t think the Nationals would trade Soto within the division.

San Diego and Texas have been active in the trade and free agent markets for the past few years.

San Diego could pair Soto with Manny Machado and Fernando Tatis Jr., who could play in the outfield when he returns from injury.

The Padres have a six-man starting rotation at the moment, and they could send one or two of their major league position players to make room for Soto and then Tatis.

Texas has six players on MLB.com’s Top 100 Prospects list. Rangers will likely try to keep Jack Leiter, and they aren’t allowed to trade Kumar Rocker for a year, but all of their other prospects could be available.

If Texas pulls off a Soto trade, it would have Soto, Corey Seager and Marcus Semien at the heart of its order.

The Yankees and Dodgers should always be mentioned in mega-trade conversations, but they should weigh how much they’re willing to part ways with their top prospects and what their other trade time needs are.

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