April 18, 2024

MLB trade rumors: Two teams check out Shohei Ohtani; Dodgers-Red Sox discuss Kiké Hernández reunion

Major League Baseball’s 2023 trade deadline is set for Tuesday, August 1st. Just one week. The trading activity started last Wednesday, with the Orioles sending Shintaro Fujinami hard from the Athletics. It seems like it’s only a matter of time before more deals happen.

Here are Tuesday’s rumors to tide you over until then.

Orioles, Diamondbacks have called Ohtani

The Angels have not and will not make a decision on trading two-way star Shohei Ohtani until closer to the deadline. That hasn’t stopped teams from investigating and could set the stage for future talks. In fact, you can count the Orioles and Diamondbacks among the clubs to check in, according to MLB Network’s Jon Morosi.

Morosi describes the Orioles and Diamondbacks interest levels as “due diligence.” Of course, that might be all you can ask for at this point because the Angels still haven’t committed to moving Ohtani. In theory at least, both teams are well placed to make a run for it as they have an embarrassment of riches in terms of interesting representative player prospects.

The Dodgers and Red Sox are “very much” in trade talks regarding utility player Kiké Hernández, according to David Vassegh of AM570 Sports.

Hernández, who spent the previous season with the Dodgers before joining the Red Sox, has been linked to Los Angeles in recent weeks. Over the past two seasons, he has performed well below his usual offensive standards, posting a 67 OPS+ and reaching base on less than 29% of his attempts.

However, Hernández has historically been a productive pitcher against left-handed pitching. His .652 OPS with the platoon advantage this season is well below his career norm (.810), and the Dodgers could sense that he will regress in the coming months. At the very least, it would provide them with a familiar and versatile presence off the bench.

Moreover, the Dodgers are currently carrying Yonny Hernández as a reserve. He’s hitting just .150/.250/.200 in 25 at-bats.

Astros looking for ‘good old-fashioned’ trade

At a pregame show over the weekend, Astros assistant general manager Andrew Ball said Houston is calling their rivals and wants a “good old-fashioned baseball trade,” where both teams get better. according to The Athletic’s Chandler Rome.

Ball’s comments echo those made by general manager Dana Brown last month, who indicated they would be interested in moving an outfielder to improve elsewhere. Houston’s depth chart includes Kyle Tucker, Chas McCormick, Jake Meyers, and Corey Julks — and that’s with Yordan Alvarez and Michael Brantley on the shelf.

White Sox interested in India

Earlier this week, it was reported that the Reds are open to trading 2021 NL Rookie of the Year Award recipient Jonathan India. The White Sox are among the clubs interested in adding him to their roster, according to Gordon Wittenmyer from the Cincinnati Enquirer.

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India, 26, hit .251/.338/.411 (98 OPS+) in 100 games this season. For his career, he has now batted .258/.351/.412 (102 OPS+). He will be eligible for arbitration for the first time this winter, although he will not be eligible for free agency until after the 2026 season.

The Reds are believed to be in the hunt for pitching help.

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