The latest MLB trade rumors
We're keeping track of all the latest rumors and buzz leading up to the Trade Deadline on Aug. 1.
May 26: What will the Tigers do with Eduardo Rodriguez?
Following a turbulent first year with the Tigers in 2022 -- one that included a three-month absence due to a family situation -- Rodriguez has bounced back with one of his best seasons yet.
Through his first 10 starts, he has a 2.19 ERA and 1.6 WAR, both of which are top-15 marks among qualified starting pitchers. He's pitched so well that he even received some first-place votes in MLB.com's recent American League Cy Young poll.
MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand reported on the conundrum the Tigers face with their ace lefty in the coming months. On one hand, the Tigers are only two games behind the first-place Twins in an AL Central division that is up for grabs. He's arguably been their best player and inarguably their best pitcher, making him a pretty important member for the '23 season.
At the same time, Rodriguez can opt out of the final three years of his five-year, $77 million deal at the end of this season. It's very possible that he ends up being one of the best players moved at the Deadline this year. For a Tigers team that is still trying to build the foundation for the next great team, moving Rodriguez and continuing to push for long-term success might be the sensible move. More >
May 24: Would the first-place Brewers really trade Burnes?
The Brewers stunned the baseball world last summer when they dealt All-Star closer Josh Hader to the Padres prior to the Trade Deadline. At the time of the trade, Milwaukee was in first place in the NL Central, with a three-game lead over the second-place Cardinals. But with Hader eligible to reach free agency after 2023, the Brewers opted to be proactive and move him while he still had more than a year of team control remaining.
Could history repeat itself in 2023?
The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal certainly thinks so. Appearing on Jayson Stark's "Starkville" podcast, Rosenthal said he thinks the ace starter most likely to be traded this year is the Brewers’ Corbin Burnes, who is controllable through 2024.
The Brewers currently hold a slim lead in the NL Central, but they are missing four key pitchers -- Brandon Woodruff, Eric Lauer, Wade Miley and Aaron Ashby. Meanwhile, the Cardinals are surging after a 10-24 start, going 12-4 in their past 16 games to make up five games in the division standings.
Burnes has taken a step back this season, posting a career-low 21.5% strikeout rate (33.4% from 2020-22) with a 3.97 ERA and a 4.81 FIP, but he’s 28 years old and only two years removed from winning the NL Cy Young Award, so he'd likely still carry significant value on the trade market.
May 23: Will White Sox hold big sale at Trade Deadline?
Although the Trade Deadline is more than two months away, some players are already garnering buzz as potential candidates to be dealt.
MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand recently looked at 10 of them, and if his list is any indication, there could be a lot of attention surrounding the White Sox this summer.
With Chicago off to a disappointing 19-30 start, the club could look to trade away some veterans nearing free agency.
Catcher Yasmani Grandal (free agent after 2023), pitcher Lucas Giolito (free agent after 2023), shortstop Tim Anderson (2024 club option) are some of the most likely names to move, but Feinsand thinks pitcher Dylan Cease (controllable through 2025) could also be put on the block, as he could fetch a larger return than anyone else on the team’s roster. More >
May 23: Contenders who may already be looking toward Trade Deadline
As the 2023 regular season moves toward June, teams have a good sense of where they need to improve. Some of those improvements will come from within, whether it’s an established player rounding into form or a young player making the most of an opportunity. But others will need to come via the trade market, and number of contenders may already be looking toward the Trade Deadline as they think about how they’re going to address their biggest weaknesses.
MLB.com’s Thomas Harrigan recently took a position-by-position look at some of the teams in the latter category, with the Dodgers (shortstop), the Brewers (outfield) and the Orioles (starting rotation) among the clubs on the list. More >
May 20: Will Yanks pursue left fielder at Trade Deadline?
The Yankees acquired outfielder Greg Allen from the Red Sox on Saturday in a rare trade between the storied rivals and designated Aaron Hicks for assignment to make room for Allen on the 40-man roster.
The Yankees' decision to jettison Hicks underscores their longstanding problems in left field dating back to Brett Gardner’s final season in 2021. The club tried to address the issue with its deal for Joey Gallo at the 2021 Trade Deadline, but Gallo posted a .660 OPS in pinstripes and was traded to the Dodgers last August.
Hicks finished 2022 with a .642 OPS, leading to reduced playing time this season in favor of Oswaldo Cabrera and Jake Bauers. However, neither player has done much offensively, with Cabrera posting a .570 OPS and Bauers a .617 OPS.