MLS Buyers & Sellers – East

With only days left before August 2second abbreviation Deadline Trade, Major League Baseball clubs should take advantage of their last chance to add players to fill in the gaps and improve their chances of making a post-season or selling and acquiring young prospects from contenders for those with expired contracts.

The number of vendors may not be as plentiful as in previous years with the new expanded match format, but teams in the bubble may not be willing to spend a significant portion of their prediction base on a remote chance to make the post-season.

Here’s what clubs in the Middle East may be looking to do before next Tuesday’s deadline:

New York Yankees – Jupiter

Needs – football player, throwing (beginners, relief)

The Yankees have the best record in the MLS at 66-31, but they hit an injury glitch and were 50,000 in and out of the All-Star break. New York has been linked to trade rumors regarding Washington’s Juan Soto (in part due to his potential as a replacement for Aaron Judge if he leaves as a free agent), but the conventional wisdom is that GM Brian Cashman wouldn’t want to spend the capital needed to acquire the 23-year-old, Although it can be kept until 2024.

The ineffectiveness of Joey Gallo (who will likely be dealt with before the deadline) and Aaron Hicks’ injury history have Cashman looking for help on the court, and a left-handed racket like former Red Sox Andrew Benentende appears to be a perfect fit.

Injuries to rookie Luis Severino and loyal Michael King will have New York looking to add an arm or two (Cincinnati’s Luis Castillo, Auckland’s Frankie Montas and dead Noah Syndergaard have been mentioned previously) and although Zach Britton is back, more help in the Bullpen is likely on the agenda (as former Yankee David Robertson).

Toronto Blue Jays – Buyer

Needs – Promotion (Beginner, Relief)

The Jays were also rumored to be in the Soto lottery, but this appears to be a misappropriation of their resources. Toronto’s strong attack led by Vladimir Guerrero Jr is the second best behind New York, but their brilliance has been more than disappointing with rookie Kevin Gusman at 0.500, Yossi Kikuchi, injured Hyunjin Ryo and Jose Berrios with 5+ era. USA Today’s Bob Nightingale reported earlier this month that GM Ross Atkins continues to target Castillo, but should add Jays to the Bullpen that doesn’t have much depth beyond nearest Jordan Romano.

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Tampa Bay Rays – Buyer Limited

Needs – Catcher, Outfield

The Rays always find a way to pull the crew together and have a rotation led by Cy Young competitor Shane McClanahan, but has a below-average attacking weaker further due to season-ending injuries to rookie Mike Zunino and quarterback Kevin Kiermaier, and a trip to IL for the defensive player. Manuel Margo.

Currently, in the mix for a wild spot, Tampa has been rumored to be in a mix of Cubs catcher Willson Contreras or Oakland Sean Murphy, while Arizona’s Christian Walker or ex-Ray Tommy Pham could be hole-filling candidates.

Boston Red Sox – Seller

Shopping – J.D. Martinez, Nathan Evaldi, Xander Bogarts

The Red Sox are currently one game over .500 (49-48) and three games behind Seattle for the last wildcard spot, but they still struggle with injuries to their playing staff (Chris Seal, Rich Hill, Michael Washa, Garrett Whitlock) and key offensive producers. (Trevor Story, Rafael Devers). Selling on the deadline is totally against Boston’s nature, but expired contracts with Martinez, Eovaldi and Bogaerts (who canceled the player’s subscription after 2022) would attract a good return.

Baltimore Orioles – Vendor

Shopping – Tre Mancini, Rogned Odur, Robinson Chirinos, Jordan Lyles

The O’s have been surprisingly stubborn this season with young players Ryan Mountcastle, Cedric Mullins and rookie Adley Rochman as promising builders and they are in the AL wildcard race at 48-48, but that probably won’t stop General Manager Mike Elias from selling. Players if the return is good. SNY’s Andy Martino reported Monday that the New York Mets are very interested in DH Mancini (who played under coach Buck Showalter in Baltimore).

Veteran player Odor, Cirinos, and novice Lyles take on roles all on expired contracts and can also be transferred.
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