There are multiple teams that are coming across as more aggressive buyers. Two of those teams are the NYM and Houston Astros. The Mets were in talks with Chicago for both Willson Contreras and David Robertson. The Mets desperately need a catcher, and every team can use a quality reliever like David Robertson.
The have also been know to be aggressive in their potential pursuit of Josh Bell. It might seem odd that a team that has Pete Alonso at 1B would be looking for a 1B in a trade, but what they are really looking for is a DH replacement for JD Davis and Dom Smith. Mancini and Bell are huge improvement.
The other team that teams are saying are being aggressive is the Houston Astros. They are looking for a replacement for Yuli Gurriel at 1B, thus their interest in Josh Bell. They are also more desperate for a catcher than are the NYM, so they are actively pursuing Willson Contreras.
A month or so ago, I thought Willson Contreras would be signed, sealed, and delivered to SFG. But the Giants have fallen off the cliff, and will probably not be in a buy mode. In fact, rumors have it that it is more likely that the Giants are more likely to move Carlos Rodón than to buy a difference maker.
Whether it’s Bell, Contreras, Mancini or someone else, selling teams say that both the Astros and NYM have been extremely aggressive and that they will be better teams by Aug. 2.
Thus far, the rumors for the Dodgers have focused on Juan Soto. AF has piqued the fans fantasy with comments like:
“I will echo what I’ve said in the past. Star players don’t become available often. When they are, we owe it to our fans to see those things out… Whenever star-level players become available, we’ll always have the conversation and dig in and try to make something make sense.”
I still do not believe that the Dodgers will come close to paying the expected price for Soto. Baseball executives believe that both the NYY and LAD have the motivation and prospect capital to make it happen, but they believe that the St. Louis Cardinals or San Diego Padres are the favorites.
Players who have been mentioned are:
- #1 – 3B – Jordan Walker
- #2 – LHP – Matthew Liberatore
- #4 – SS – Masyn Winn
- #5 – RHP – Gordon Graceffo – Higher rated RHP than both Bobby Miller and Gavin Stone – AA
- #8 – OF – Alec Burleson – 23 year old AAA – .338/.380/.552/.932
- #9 – RHP – Tink Hence – 19 year old A – dominating with 0.99 ERA in 27.1 IP
It will depend as to what MLB regulars St. Louis is willing to move to then determine what prospects are needed. It may be that the Nats only want prospects and it will take 5 of those 6.
With those names, the Cardinals can put together a better package than the Dodgers. But will they. There are many Cardinal fans who say that, yes they could be in a win mode for three post seasons, but when Sosa becomes a FA, they become what the Nationals are now.
Most trade simulator deals have listed Gavin Lux as a part of any Juan Soto to LAD deal. Also Tony Gonsolin and Dustin May have been mentioned in multiple trade scenarios. I say no to any of that. But would you be willing to trade?:
- Bobby Miller – RHP
- Ryan Pepiot – RHP
- Gavin Stone – RHP and 2 of
- Miguel Vargas – 3B
- Michael Busch – 2B
- Andy Pages – OF
That would be five top prospects the Nationals say is the price, and those seem to be the popular names mentioned by the tradeniks. I cannot see AF agreeing to that, and I would gladly say thank you to AF for walking away. But there are many who believe that to trade prospects for a 23 year old generational talent like Juan Soto is a no-brainer.
Now the question is, will the Dodgers be a better team August 2? Will they be willing to pay the price for Luis Castillo, or will they scale down their sights to middling relievers and be content to wait on Blake Treinen, Walker Buehler, Andrew Heaney, Victor Gonzalez, and Danny Duffy. I cannot predict what AF will do. Every time we may think we have him figured, he goes out and fools us. i.e. Mookie Betts, Trea Turner/Max Scherzer, Yu Darvish.
My concern is that AF will do the trade to keep SD from getting Soto. That is not a good reason to make a trade. That philosophy did not work out too well when they signed Trevor Bauer to keep him away from SD and NYM.
We have six days left to learn what the Dodgers plans are.
Ryan Pepiot and Gavin Stone continued with their dominance.
Ryan Pepiot – 7.0 IP, 1 run (7th inning 1 out HR), 3 hits, 3 BB, 6 K
Drew Avans – 3-5
Ryan Noda – 2-4, HR (14)
Miguel Vargas – 2-4
Dodgers win in WP walk off.
Gavin Stone – 6.0 IP, 1 run, 3 hits, 3 BB, 6 KF
Final three relievers throwing 3 scoreless innings. Jordan Leasure, Nate Robertson, and Guillermo Zuniga.
Highlights are final three relievers throwing 3 scoreless innings. Adam Scoggins, Aldry Acosta, and Antonio Knowles.
There is nothing to see here.