Cubs’ Wilson Contreras tops the list of MLB commercial candidates who, surprisingly, go nowhere

The MLB 2022 trade deadline came and went on Tuesday, and the occasion was of course notable for the number of headline-grabbing deals that fell through — meaning, for the most part, the massive that landed Juan Soto in San Diego. Now, though, let’s take a moment to pay attention to the players who were Not trading.

The trade deadline is as much about speculation and trade rumors as it is about actual transactions, and there are a number of rumors that are not always fulfilled. In recent years, this phenomenon has been heightened by front desks that seemingly prefer to do as little as possible and seem to enjoy occupying the cozy space between discord and irrelevance. Maybe it’s in the business this year in some quarters, or maybe there’s a gap between what teams want and what teams can get. Whatever the reasons behind it, here’s a quick rundown of the names we expected to see before the deadline but didn’t in the end.

Contreras, 30, is probably enjoying the best season of his career, which is why it’s surprising that he’s still among the uncontested Cubs. In 86 games with the Cubs in 2022, he hit .252/.365/.453 (129 OPS +) with 14 home runs and 20 doubles. Earlier this season, he made his third All-Star appearance. As for his career, Contreras has OPS+114 across parts of seven major league seasons, all with the Cubs. Contreras’ production on board is even more impressive when compared to his pose peers. For his career, Contreras has a slash of .258/.351/.457, while the average MLB catch on the same scale has a slash of .236/.307/.392.

Contreras is owed a credit of $9.63 million for his 2022 salary, and he’s set to receive free agency this winter. He would have received a rent in the absence of an extension. Now, though, the Cubs can either work on an extension or make a qualifying bid for him in the off-season and possibly get a make-up draft when he signs elsewhere.

Contreras would have been right for New York MetsBut unfortunately, unfortunately and all that.

Happ, who is 28, prides himself on the resilience of the situation, has earned a job OPS+113. He’s even better than that season, his first All-Star campaign. Hap doesn’t qualify for free agency until after next season, so he’s a candidate for winter trade or possibly an extension in Chicago.

We’ll bring these two together because it’s understandable why the Giants, 4 1/2 games of the NL playoff finalist position, might have chosen the status quo. Rodon marks his second impressive season in a row, and given the usual demand for novice shooters, he is undoubtedly garnering commercial interest. However, the teams may have balked at the fact that Rodon has a withdrawal from his contract or $22.5 million salary for 2023. As for Pederson, fitting in with Pederson, his left hand is on a modest one-year contract. number of competitors. Despite this, the Giants largely keep the band together.

Murphy is a skilled defensive tackle who puts strong offensive numbers into his position. He’s also under team control until 2025. Since the A’s have traded everything unnamed except for Murphy, his continued presence in Oakland is a bit surprising. Teams are sometimes reluctant to switch gear mid-stream, so players will probably think they can get more for Murphy in the off-season. Or they may see it as a long-term seizure. Given that A’s energies seem entirely dedicated to extracting tax dollars for a new playground, they may have forgotten about it.

Boston’s deadline maneuvers were not entirely coherent, as they were neither a traditional buyer nor a seller. The team has already considered notable deals, and in that sense it’s no surprise that Martinez continues to call Fenway Park home. However, there has been a lot of smoke around a potential Martinez trade-off, and GM Haim Blum appears to be working with a passion for the ultimately futile when it comes to trades.