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When is the MLB trade deadline? Teams, players, rumors

As the 2023 MLB season continues, teams in the league are eagerly looking forward to the trade deadline on Tuesday.

Jul 24, 2023; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Michael Grove (78) throws against Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Santiago Espinal (5) during the fifth inning at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
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As the 2023 MLB season progresses, teams in the league eagerly anticipate the upcoming trade deadline on Tuesday, August 1st. With much at stake, 29 teams are hoping for the Los Angeles Angels to experience misfortune, potentially leading to the availability of Shohei Ohtani for trade. Additionally, approximately 15 contenders closely monitor the San Diego Padres and New York Mets, hoping for continued struggles that may result in significant changes to their rosters.

The Major League, Baseball Players Association, is closely monitoring the situation, especially regarding the big-spending teams like the Mets, Yankees, and Padres. These teams have collectively invested a whopping $880 million and are being scrutinized to prove that their lavish spending can translate into success on the field.

MLB trade deadline and trade rumors

Historically, baseball enthusiasts have been eagerly waiting for July 31st, considered almost like a national holiday due to the MLB trade deadline. However, this year, the trade deadline is projected to fall on Tuesday, August 1st, with negotiations expected to conclude by 6 p.m. EST, per past practices.

The baseball media is heavily covering trades involving players and teams based in California. Some notable players in the spotlight include Shohei Ohtani, Marcus Stroman, Cody Bellinger, and Lucas Giolito. There are speculations on whether these players might be traded to other teams as part of strategic roster changes for contenders, with a particular focus on the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres.

Although rumors have been circulating that the San Diego Padres may be looking to trade essential players such as pitcher Blake Snell, closer Josh Hader, and outfielder Juan Soto, several reports indicate that the team will likely keep these valuable assets. This decision was made despite the team’s record being below .500 for the week.

The Los Angeles Dodgers are looking for ways to strengthen their starting rotation and bullpen. To do this, they are searching for a right-handed platoon bat with several potential candidates in mind. These candidates include Tommy Pham, Mark Canha, Randal Grichuk, Tyler O’Neill, and Dylan Carlson. Additionally, they are also keeping track of former Dodger Kiké Hernández.