Lukewarm Stove: Cubs Offseason Spending, Kris Bryant and the Mets, Buxton Extension, More

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When is the MLB trade deadline?

Major League Baseball's trade deadline is approaching more quickly than usual. This year's deadline is set for 4 p.m. ET on Friday, July 30, or a day earlier than the traditional date. CBS sports.comMLB trade deadline 2021: Kris Bryant, Max Scherzer, Trevor Story among 21 top trade candidates

Who did the Cubs trade?

The Chicago Cubs have traded outfielder Joc Pederson to the Atlanta Braves in exchange for Bryce Ball, the teams announced on Thursday. In 73 games for Chicago this year, Pederson slashed .230/.300/.418 with 11 home runs and 39 RBIs. The AthleticCubs trade Joc Pederson to Braves for prospect Bryce Ball

Cubs Will Reportedly Try to Extend Javy Báez and Anthony Rizzo Before Discussing Trades

bleachernation.com 16 July, 2021 - 05:00pm

Among the reasons it seems very unlikely that the Cubs will trade Anthony Rizzo and/or Javy Báez this month, these are two guys whom they have tried to extend, and whom they want to retain beyond this season even if it means trying to make it happen in free agency. That is not to say the Cubs don’t want to maintain other relationships beyond this year, too, but it’s been very clear for a while that those were the two guys that actually seemed possible.

To that end, it was always expected (by me, at least) that the front office would take one more run at extending these guys before the Trade Deadline juuuuuuust in case a trade offer came along that the Cubs actually wanted to consider. Better to have all your information:

while Kris Bryant, Craig Kimbrel and other Cubs are on the block, there are signs the Cubs will try to lock up Javier Baez and Anthony Rizzo before talking trades for them @MLBNetwork

— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) July 16, 2021

Do I think extensions are likely for either guy? I do not, at least not right now. But you have to ask at this moment.

Is the 5/$70 million offer to Rizzo still on the table? If so, should he now take it, given the back issues and the performance downturn? Would Báez still see the Xander Bogaerts 6/$120 million deal as undervaluing him, or is that actually now too steep? I tend to think it’s going to be pretty tough to align on value at this moment, especially with the CBA expiring after the season and the Cubs having already charted a course that would allow them to consider any and all trades.

Still, you never know. So have the conversations. Gather the information. And then proceed with the rest of the month accordingly (which is not to say trade these two if they don’t extend – you still would have to get significant value, in my view, for it to be worth the trade, all things considered). Maybe one of the two really feels that now is the time to lock in a deal. Maybe you find out some great information that is useful in the offseason for free agent negotiations. Maybe you find out some information that, for whatever reason, does push you further in the direction of a trade.

Heck, you might as well talk to Kris Bryant, too, because you never know! (You do know. An extension isn’t happening. I’m sorry.)

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.

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The latest on Mets trade deadline targets Kris Bryant and Adam Frazier

Yahoo Sports 16 July, 2021 - 01:29pm

Dan Wetzel, Pat Forde, Pete Thamel

However, if they want to acquire a starting pitcher as well -- Pittsburgh’s Tyler Anderson, for example, who is on their radar and would fit their rotation needs perfectly -- they would likely need to move a salary like J.D. Davis’.

The asking price on another Pirates player in whom they have expressed interest, second baseman Adam Frazier, is probably too high for the Mets, per sources.

As for Bryant, SNY has consistently reported on the Mets’ interest. The later date of the amateur draft slowed conversations league-wide. The lack of substantive talks is likely a temporary situation.

Mets owner Steve Cohen recently confirmed SNY’s reporting that the team doesn't want to exceed the $210 million luxury tax threshold unless they blow by it. Bryant presents a slightly tricky but doable case.

Publicly available information has the Mets’ current CBT payroll at about $10 million under the threshold. Internally, the team thinks it has less than that to spend, in part because of the extra expenses like 40-man roster payments that escalate the number at the end of every season.

But depending on when they theoretically acquired Bryant, they would peg the prorated portion of his $19.5 million salary at about $6.5-$7 million.

That’s tight, and doesn’t leave room for much else. But any talk about moving Davis and his $2.1 million salary is entirely speculative for now, as the Mets and Cubs haven’t exchanged proposals.

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