When is the MLB Trade Deadline? Date, business candidates and more

When is the MLB Trade Deadline? The date, trade contestants and more originally appeared on NBC Sports Philadelphia

The push for the playoffs is on.

With the 2023 MLB All-Star Game in the rearview mirror, the focus is now entirely on the 14 playoff spots up for grabs. And over the next few weeks, teams will prepare for the stretch race by adding to their rosters ahead of the trade deadline.

Last year’s trade deadline saw major fireworks, with Juan Soto, Josh Hader, Luis Castillo and Whit Merrifield headlining the players who switched sides. We could also be in for another wild deadline in 2023.

From top trade candidates to potential buyers and sellers, here’s what to know as the trading deadline approaches.

What is the MLB trade deadline for 2023?

The 2023 trade deadline falls on Tuesday, August 1.

What time is the 2023 MLB Trade Deadline?

The deadline is 6 p.m. ET / 3 p.m. PT.

Can trades still occur after the MLB trade deadline?

Once the deadline has passed, teams are not allowed to make any further trades.

Who are the buyers and sellers at the 2023 MLB Trade Deadline?

So who will be the buyers and sellers at the 2023 deadline? FanGraphs playoff odds might provide a pretty good picture.

According to FanGraphs, 14 teams come out of All-Star Break with more than a 50% chance of making the playoffs: Tampa Bay Rays, Baltimore Orioles, Toronto Blue Jays, New York Yankees, Minnesota Twins, Rangers of Texas, Houston Astros, Atlanta Braves, Miami Marlins, Philadelphia Phillies, Milwaukee Brewers, Los Angeles Dodgers, Arizona Diamondbacks and San Francisco Giants. These clubs should be motivated to add talent in the coming weeks.

At the other end of the spectrum, there are eight teams with less than a 10% chance of earning a playoff berth: Chicago White Sox, Detroit Tigers, Kansas City Royals, Oakland Athletics, Washington Nationals, Pittsburgh Pirates and Colorado Rockies. . These clubs could be looking to capitalize on winning talent for prospects.

Finally, there are the middle teams which are generally much more difficult to figure out. Clubs like the Cincinnati Reds and Cleveland Guardians could easily fall into the category of buyers. But what about those in the midst of disappointing seasons with some potential to make a run like the Los Angeles Angels, New York Mets and San Diego Padres?

The performance of some of the teams in this group ahead of the deadline could decide the direction their respective front offices ultimately choose.

Who are the top trade targets at the 2023 MLB Trade Deadline?

Here’s a look at some of the top trade candidates heading into the deadline (*=free agent this offseason, all stats from All-Star break):

Tim Anderson, SS, White Sox

A team acquiring Anderson would be betting on his overall work rather than his performance in 2023. The 2019 AL batting champion has topped .300 in each of the past four seasons, but has dropped to .223 in 2023. Anderson, 30 , has a $14 million club option for 2024.

Nolan Arenado, 3B, Cardinals (full no-trade clause)

The Cardinals are one of the most interesting teams to watch at this year’s deadline. St. Louis looks set to sell, but does that include a move to part ways with its two biggest stars? Arenado, 32, is under contract for four years and $109 million beyond this season.

Cody Bellinger, OF/1B, Cubs

Bellinger had a great rebounding campaign in his first season away from the Dodgers. The 2019 NL MVP, who has a $12 million mutual option for 2024, hits .298/.355/.491 with nine home runs and 29 RBIs.

David Bednar, RHP, Pirates

Bednar earned his second straight All-Star nomination after posting a 1.27 ERA and 17 saves in 34 appearances. Considering the closest 28-year-old is under the club’s control for three more seasons beyond this one, getting him away from Pittsburgh likely won’t be easy.

Shane Bieber, RHP, Guardians

Despite being .500, Cleveland entered the break atop a lackluster AL Central. Bieber, 28, isn’t expected to enter free agency until the 2024 season either. But it wouldn’t be surprising if the Guardians look to move him now if they don’t want to give him a long-term deal. The 2020 AL Cy Young winner allowed 113 hits in 117 innings (19 starts) while sporting a 3.77 ERA, which would be his highest rating since being a rookie in 2018.

Jeimer Candelario*, 1B/3B, Nationals

There must be teams around MLB wishing they had just signed Candelario last offseason when he joined the Nationals on a one-year, $6 million deal. The 29-year-old bounced back from a tough 2022 season, hitting .261/.337/.478 with 13 home runs and 43 RBIs.

Elias Diaz, C, Rockies

As a catcher with nine homers and a .763 OPS, the 32-year-old Diaz could be in high demand. The 2023 All-Star Game MVP is also under contract for just $6 million in 2024.

Adam Duvall*, DE, Red Sox

Duvall turned things around after a dwindling 2022 season, hitting 0.257/0.328/0.522 in 32 games. The 34-year-old was out for two months with a broken wrist.

Lucas Giolito*, RHP, White Sox

Giolito regained some of his old form within a contract year. After seeing his ERA climb to 4.90 in 2022, the future 29-year-old sports a 3.45 ERA over 112.1 innings and 19 starts.

Paul Goldschmidt, 1B, Cardinals

Goldschmidt is closer to free agency than Arenado, as the 2022 NL MVP’s deal expires after next season. Goldy, 35, owes $26 million in 2024.

Josh Hader*, LHP, Padres

Could Hader, 29, be moved for a second straight term? The NL three-time reliever of the year is having perhaps the best season of his career with an ERA approaching 1.00 and 21 saves.

Andrew McCutchen*, OF, Pirates

McCutchen may not be the same player he was his first stint in Pittsburgh, but the 2013 NL MVP shows he can still produce at 36. His .268 batting average would be his best since 2017 and his .383 on-base percentage would be his highest since 2015.

Shohei Ohtani*, RHP/DH, Angels

The Angels find themselves in an impossible situation: trade the best baseball player who is enjoying one of the greatest seasons in MLB history, or risk losing him in free agency this winter. Even with big-market teams set to pounce in free agency, it’s hard to imagine the Angels actually trading Ohtani unless there’s an absolute sponsor offer.

Eduardo Rodriguez, LHP, Tigers (10 team no trade clause)

E-Rod is having a career year in the Motor City, with a 2.64 ERA over 71.2 runs and 12 starts. The 30-year-old southpaw has the option to opt out of the remaining three years and $49 million remaining on his contract after this season.

Brent Rooker, DE, Athletics

Rooker was playing in the 2023 All-Star Game less than a year after being nominated for an assignment by the Royals. In a breakout season, the 28-year-old is hitting .246/.341/.485 with 16 dingers and 44 RBIs. The A’s might be able to fetch a substantial sum for Rooker, who is contracted to the club for four more seasons beyond 2023.

Max Scherzer, RHP, Mets (full non-exchange clause)

Would Steve Cohen be ready to wave the white flag? If so, Scherzer, who is about to turn 39 and has a $43.3 million player option for 2024, leaving Scherzer makes sense. Although it might not be so easy given his age, salary, no-trade clause and performance in 2023. The three-time Cy Young winner hasn’t posted an ERA above 3.74 since 2011, but is at 4.31 in 87.2 innings and 16 starts this season.

Marcus Stroman, RHP, Cubs

Stroman, 32, is having a stellar season in the Windy City, posting a sub-3.00 ERA over 112.2 innings and 19 starts. If he continues to pitch like this, it would make sense that he would turn down his $21 million player option for 2024 in search of a long-term deal.

Justin Turner, INF, Red Sox

Much like McCutchen, Turner continued to push back against Father Time. The 38-year-old is hitting .288..362/.462 with 13 home runs and 52 RBIs. Turner has a $13.4 million player option with a $6.7 million buyout for 2024.

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