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“MLB Trade Deadline Approaches: Top Players Likely to Move as Teams Weigh Options”

As Major League Baseball’s July 30 trade deadline looms, anticipation grows around potential moves involving several prominent players.

The focus is particularly on the Chicago White Sox, who are expected to offload many of their top assets due to their current status with the worst record in MLB. Additionally, the Miami Marlins (29-52) possess a group of sought-after players, including All-Star Jazz Chisholm Jr., likely to attract significant interest in July.

The expanded playoff format complicates decisions for teams, with nearly every team still theoretically in contention for a wild-card spot. Currently, only two National League teams (Marlins and Colorado Rockies) are more than five games out of contention.

The New York Mets have defied expectations by going on a 12-3 run, bringing them back to .500. Their performance in the coming weeks will determine whether they will consider trading players like slugger Pete Alonso.

Here’s a breakdown of some top trade candidates expected to draw attention ahead of the deadline, with a focus on the White Sox and Marlins:

Garrett Crochet, LHP, White Sox: Emerging as a dominant starter with a 3.05 ERA and leading the AL with 130 strikeouts, under team control until 2026.

Luis Robert Jr., OF, White Sox: Despite injury setbacks, his potential and youth (under control through 2026) make him a prized asset.

Tommy Pham, OF, White Sox: A versatile veteran likely to move again after contributing to Arizona’s World Series run last season.

Michael Kopech, RHP, White Sox: Showing promise with improved metrics this season, still under team control until 2025.

Pete Alonso, 1B, Mets: A prolific slugger averaging 44 homers and 115 RBI per 162 games, his recent performance might affect trade discussions.

J.D. Martinez, DH, Mets: Providing offensive prowess on a one-year deal, his availability may depend on the Mets’ playoff chances.

Elias Diaz, C, Rockies: An All-Star catcher in 2023, potentially a significant addition for teams seeking catching depth.

Other notable candidates include Jack Flaherty (Tigers), Mason Miller (Athletics), Miguel Andujar (Athletics), Jazz Chisholm Jr. (Marlins), Tanner Scott (Marlins), Josh Bell (Marlins), Jesús Luzardo (Marlins), Yusei Kikuchi (Blue Jays), Taylor Ward (Angels), Kyle Finnegan (Nationals), and Kenley Jansen (Red Sox).

As the deadline approaches, teams will weigh the opportunity to strengthen their rosters for a playoff push against long-term strategic planning and financial considerations.