With the All-Star Break here and the Major League Baseball Trade deadline just 17 days away, the rumors are starting to fly. With the number of playoff teams cut back to 10 this season, there will be more sellers this offseason. Here are some of the latest news and rumors surrounding the MLB trade deadline so you can get all set to keep betting against their MLB odds.
MLB Rumors: Time to Blow up the Cubs, Rules Changes
Is it time to blow up the Cubs?
Now that the Cubs are pretty much out of the National League Central race, General Manager Jed Hoyer is listening to offers on pretty much everyone. Kris Bryant, Craig Kimbrel, Anthony Rizzo, Javier Baez, and Willson Contreras are the names that are drawing the most interest.
Bryant, the former National League MVP will be a free agent after this season, so he won’t fetch a huge return for the Cubs. Bryant is having a very good season, and he can play multiple positions. The Mets and A’s are two of the teams that are rumored to covet Bryant.
Craig Kimbrel has been the best closer in the game this year, and he could bring back a nice return. Relievers are always in high demand at the trade deadline, so he could bring back some nice prospects for the Cubs.
This could trigger the start of another rebuild for the Cubs.
Who Else Could be on the Block?
There are always some big names that are rumored to be on the trading block. This season, we’re hearing that besides the Cubs players, Max Scherzer, Joey Gallo, Nelson Cruz, Kenta Maeda, Starling Marte, and Starlin Castro are some of the bigger name players that could find a new home at the trade deadline.
Over the past two seasons, MLB has had a couple of rules that many have wanted to be changed. One of the rules is that if you’re playing a doubleheader, then both games will only be 7 innings. Another rule that has drawn the ire of baseball fans is having a runner start on second base if the game goes into extra innings.
Word has come out that Major League Baseball could get rid of both of those rules for the 2022 season. Baseball traditionalists would be happy if these rules went by the wayside.
One rule that many would like to see come back is the universal designated hitter. Although many are in favor of it, it doesn’t sound like we’ll see this rule coming back any time soon.
What Team will be the most Aggressive at the Deadline?
The San Diego Padres really want to win the National League West. They want to avoid the scenario of having to play the Dodgers in a wild card game. The Padres are looking to make some moves. They could be in play for Joey Gallo. He would help bolster an already strong offense. The Padres could make a move for a starting pitcher as well. Dinelson Lamet has suffered another injury, and San Diego isn’t sure what his status will be going forward. We’ll see what the Padres do. They sent a lot of prospects to other teams the last offseason when they traded for Yu Darvish and Blake Snell.