Trade season is approaching as the weather heats up and the 2022 MLB season moves toward its midway point.
After one of the wildest trade deadlines of all time last summer, this year’s market could be slower by comparison, but that doesn’t mean multiple All-Star-caliber players won’t be on the move.
Ahead we’ve taken a preliminary look at the top 25 players likely to be available at this year’s trade deadline.
The idea was to focus on players who are more likely than not to be traded, so contract status and team outlook both served a major role.
More players will be added to this list as the line between contender and non-contender becomes more clear, but here are 25 names to know ahead of the Aug. 2 trade deadline.
25. 1B Carlos Santana, Kansas City Royals
He may be hitting below the Mendoza Line, but Santana still has solid on-base skills, positing more walks (27) than strikeouts (25). The 36-year-old is in the final season of a two-year, $17.5 million deal, and trading him would clear a path for Nick Pratto or Vinnie Pasquantino, so the Royals should be motivated sellers.
24. OF Ben Gamel, Pittsburgh Pirates
On the shelf because of a strained hamstring, Gamel quietly posted a 110 OPS+ and 11 extra-base hits in 160 plate appearances before landing on the injured list. The 30-year-old can play all three outfield spots and could be a solid left-handed bat off the bench and fourth outfielder for a contender as a rental.
23. RHP Zach Davies, Arizona Diamondbacks
Davies settled for a one-year, $1.75 million deal (mutual option for 2023) from the D-backs after struggling to a 5.78 ERA in 32 starts with the Chicago Cubs last season. The soft-tossing right-hander has a 4.18 ERA and 1.25 WHIP through 56 innings this year, and he can chew through some quality innings for a team in need of rotation depth.