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MLB trade rumors: New York Mets, San Francisco Giants scouting top pitchers

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Another year means a new 2022 season and with that comes plenty of MLB trade rumors and updates. From the latest news on free agency to the MLB trade deadline, Sportsnaut has you covered.

The MLB lockout is over and now it’s time for the 2022 MLB season. We might not see any big moves in the first month, but don’t be surprised when clubs that started retooling their roster after the CBA was signed continue those efforts with significant trades.

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Below, we provide you with the latest MLB trade rumors with news and analysis on everything going on in 2022. Bookmark. Save. Do your thing. This will be updated consistently throughout the year.

New York Mets looking into starting pitchers

MLB: Los Angeles Angels at Oakland Athletics
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Without Jacob deGrom and Max Scherzer until July, at the earliest, the New York Mets are once again in the market for starting pitching. Frankie Montas and Luis Castillo are two of the biggest names floated in MLB trade rumors. Unsurprisingly, per MLB insider Jon Heyman, the Mets have scouted both pitchers and Cincinnati Reds starter Tyler Mahle. A deal with the Oakland Athletics seems more likely, given the A’s extensively scouted the Mets’ farm system before the Chris Bassitt trade.

San Francisco Giants scouting Luis Castillo, Tyler Mahle

MLB: Cincinnati Reds at Toronto Blue Jays
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According to Jon Heyman of the NY Post, the San Francisco Giants have scouted Cincinnati Reds pitcher Luis Castillo and Tyler Mahle this season. Both players are under contractual control through the 2023 season and are viewed as likely trade candidates this summer.

Castillo is coming off his best start since returning from the injured list. The 29-year-old righty allowed just two runs on the road against the Toronto Blue Jays and didn’t issue a walk. More importantly, his velocity (96.4 mph) took another step forward. As for Mahle, he is turning things around after a rough start to the 2022 season. Castillo is a former Giants’ pitching prospect and the organization has multiple former Reds’ pitchers in its rotation.

MLB trade rumors: Players who could be traded in 2022

  • Frankie Montas, SP, Oakland Athletics
  • Tyler Mahle, SP, Cincinnati Reds
  • Xander Bogaerts, SS, Boston Red Sox
  • Martin Perez, SP, Texas Rangers
  • Willson Contreras, C, Chicago Cubs
  • Jose Quintana, SP, Pittsburgh Pirates
  • Wade Miley, SP, Chicago Cubs
  • Mitch Haniger, OF, Seattle Mariners
  • Eric Hosmer, 1B, San Diego Padres
  • Kevin Kiermaier, CF, Tampa Bay Rays
  • Luis Castillo, SP, Cincinnati Reds
  • Mike Minor, SP, Cincinnati Reds
  • Kyle Hendricks, SP, Chicago Cubs
  • Zack Greinke, SP, Kansas City Royals

Juan Soto could be traded in July

MLB: Washington Nationals at Miami Marlins
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The possibility of a Washington Nationals sale could have an impact on the future of Juan Soto. Washington isn’t close to contending and its biggest star wants to become one of the highest paid MLB players ever, seemingly influencing interest from potential buyers of the franchise. According to Buster Olney of ESPN, it’s part of the reason multiple MLB executives believe the Nationals might be inclined to trade the MVP candidate this summer. If that proves to be true, he will be the most coveted MLB trade candidate in years.

Xander Bogaerts viewed as trade candidate

MLB: Boston Red Sox at Texas Rangers
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If the Boston Red Sox keep struggling, many around the league believe the front office will commit to selling players on expiring contracts this offseason. With Xander Bogaerts able to exercise his opt-out clause, enabling him to become a free agent, he could be on the move. MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand spoke to multiple executives and many believe the odds of a Bogaerts trade are increasing with each week that passes.

Cincinnati Reds open to discussing Tyler Mahle trade

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Sitting near the bottom of the MLB standings, the Cincinnati Reds are already open for business months before the trade deadline. According to Peter Gammons, the Reds are “now willing” to discuss deals involving Tyler Mahle and Luis Castillo. While Castillo is more coveted, Mahle is an affordable righty under team control through 2023. While he has struggled this season (6.46 ERA), his 3.55 FIP and .330 BABIP suggest positive regression is coming. He’s a viable mid-rotation starter on a team-friendly contract.

Los Angeles Dodgers open to trading David Price

MLB: Los Angeles Dodgers at San Diego Padres
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The Los Angeles Dodgers acquire David Price in February 2020 as part of the blockbuster Mookie Betts trade. Since landing in Los Angeles, the veteran southpaw opted out of the 2020 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic and served as pitching depth for the Dodgers in 2021.

Now, the 36-year-old is looking for an opportunity to start. With the Dodgers overloaded on the pitching side, MLB insider Peter Gammons reports Price is available for trade. He is owed the remaining portion of a $16 million salary in 2022, with the Boston Red Sox covering half of his original $32 million salary. Given the number of teams in need of left-handed pitching, it wouldn’t be a surprise if Price is traded before July.

Cincinnati Reds pitcher Luis Castillo a potential trade candidate

MLB: Washington Nationals at Cincinnati Reds
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The Cincinnati Reds are the worst team in baseball this year, sitting at the bottom of the MLB standings. While ace Luis Castillo is coming off the injured list after missing the start of the 2022 season with a shoulder issue, he might not be long for Cincinnati. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic recently mentioned Castillo, if healthy, as one of the top starting pitchers likely available at the 2022 MLB trade deadline.

The 29-year-old has a $7.35 million salary this season and is arbitration-eligible for the final time in 2023. Coming off a 2021 season with a 9.21 K/9, a 3.63 xERA and a .251 BAAA across 187.2 innings, he could interest multiple contenders seeking a No. 3 starter.

MLB trade rumors: San Diego Padres discussing Dinelson Lamet

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A few years removed from being a staple in the San Diego Padres rotation and a 2020 All-MLB Second Team selection, Dinelson Lamet is now among the MLB trade candidates in 2022. The 29-year-old righty ($4.775 million salary) is being shopped around the league by San Diego, per Dennis Lin of The Athletic. Once an outstanding starter, ligament damage on Lamet’s elbow has forced him into a bullpen role. The Padres reportedly want to trade him to create financial flexibility to add a bat later this season.

Related: MLB standings 2022

New York Yankees, San Diego Padres discussed offseason Joey Gallo trade

MLB: Baltimore Orioles at New York Yankees
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The San Diego Padres looked everywhere in their search for outfield help this offseason, including an inquiry with the New York Yankees. According to MLB insider Jon Heyman, the Padres talked to the Yankees about a deal for Joey Gallo. However, the asking price proved too much with New York seeking “a return befitting his ability, not his achievements.” Since being traded to the Yankees in July 2021, Gallo has a .165/.296/.378 slash line with 15 home runs in 249 at-bats.

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Texas Rangers’ Willie Calhoun asks for trade

MLB: Houston Astros at Texas Rangers
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Once among the top prospects in MLB, 27-year-old Willie Calhoun is headed back to the minors after being demoted by the Texas Rangers. The outfielder isn’t pleased with the demotion, but Texas feels its warranted after he slashed .243/.303/.419 across 713 career at-bats in the Rangers’ lineup. Speaking to Rangers’ reporter Levi Weaver, Calhoun made it clear that he wants out of the organization.

“I do want to be traded….I don’t know if I’ll play another game in a Rangers uniform.  And I let them know that.”

Texas Rangers outfielder Willie Calhoun to Levi Weaver of The Athletic

Oakland A’s price for Frankie Montas trade pushing teams away

MLB: Houston Astros at Oakland Athletics
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Oakland Athletics starter Frankie Montas hung around in MLB trade rumors for months, with many assuming he’d be traded by Opening Day. Instead, he’s the only marquee player left on the roster. We might now have a better idea why. The Chicago White Sox, who reportedly came close to landing Sean Manaea (Bob Bightengale), pursued Montas. Upon discovering Oakland wanted one of Chicago’s best, young MLB talents – Andrew Vaughn – the White Sox backed off.

Chicago White Sox, New York Yankees pursued Sean Manaea

MLB: Oakland Athletics at Houston Astros
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Before trading left-handed pitcher Sean Manea to the San Diego Padres, the Oakland Athletics weighed offers from two AL contenders. According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic and MLB reporter Jon Heyman, the New York Yankees and Chicago White Sox also made a run at Manaea. Ultimately, San Diego offered the strongest return of prospects.

MLB trade rumors: Eric Hosmer likely to be traded, multiple teams interested

MLB: San Diego Padres at St. Louis Cardinals
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The San Diego Padres and first baseman Eric Hosmer know a trade is in everyone’s best interest. San Diego wants to move off Hosmer’s contract and the former All-Star slugger wants to play for a team that wants him. According to Jon Heyman, San Diego is deep in talks with multiple clubs to find a home for Hosmer. A deal could happen before long.

San Diego Padres checked in on Bryan Reynolds trade

MLB: Cincinnati Reds at Pittsburgh Pirates
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Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Bryan Reynolds hung around in MLB trade rumors all offseason, but the All-Star hitter is still with the team. According to USA Today’s Bob Nightengale, the San Diego Padres engaged in some discussions with the Pirates on a potential blockbuster deal. For now, Pittsburgh’s price is likely too high for San Diego, the Miami Marlins or any other interested club to match.

It wouldn’t be a surprise if that changes at some point with Reynold’s talent, versatility and team-friendly contract making him an ideal target. While this should be the kind of player the Pirates want to build around, the organization’s need for young pitching might influence a decision.

MLB rumors: New York Yankees looked into Willson Contreras

MLB: Chicago Cubs at Pittsburgh Pirates
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The New York Yankees have one of the worst catcher situations in baseball. Fortunately, the club is at least exploring options to address it. According to Bruce Levine of 760 The Score, the Yankees have looked into acquiring Chicago Cubs catcher Willson Contreras. He’s also on the radar for the San Diego Padres. However, it’s not believed that a trade is imminent.

Minnesota Twins pursuing Frankie Montas trade

MLB: Houston Astros at Oakland Athletics
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Oakland Athletics pitcher Frankie Montas is the biggest name being floated in MLB trade rumors right now. After signing Carlos Correa, ESPN’s Marly Rivera reports the Twins are in talks with the Athletics about a potential deal for the front-line starter. The asking price will be high, especially with the New York Yankees, St. Louis Cardinals and Boston Red Sox are in the market for pitching. However, Montas would be a strong fit for the Twins and a front office that is being aggressive this offseason.

Miami Marlins wouldn’t move top prospect for Bryan Reynolds

MLB: Cincinnati Reds at Pittsburgh Pirates
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After signing corner outfielder Jorge Soler, center field is now the biggest weakness on the Miami Marlins roster. One ideal fit for the franchise, a deal for Pittsburgh Pirates star Bryan Reynolds. However, per Marlins’ insider Joe Frisaro, Miami isn’t willing to deal either top pitching prospect Max Meyer or outfielder JJ Bleday to Pittsburgh. For the time being, a deal is unlikely to happen.