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12:00 PM ET, August 1, 2022

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Bob Nightengale / USA Today:
MLB trade deadline's top buyers, sellers and finalists for a Juan Soto deal  —  Breaking down the teams and players who matter ahead of Tuesday's trade deadline.  —  NEW YORK — The focus of the baseball world for the next few days is Washington, D.C.  —  This is where the Washington Nationals …
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Jeff Passan / ESPN:
Why the race for Juan Soto will decide the rest of this MLB trade deadline  —  At some point over the next 24 hours, the great trade freeze of 2022 will thaw, and this dud of a deadline will melt into a deluge of action.  Though the lack of deals so far implies otherwise, contenders still need talent.
Gabe Lacques / USA Today:   Who needs what? Contenders need to fix these problem areas at MLB trade deadline
LaMond Pope / Chicago Tribune:
Shortstop Tim Anderson and manager Tony La Russa are ejected in the Chicago White Sox's 7-3 loss to the Oakland A's  —  Shortstop Tim Anderson and manager Tony La Russa were not around for the end of the latest frustrating night for the Chicago White Sox.  —  Both were ejected …
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Paul Sullivan / Chicago Tribune:
Chicago White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson suspended for 3 games for making contact with the plate umpire Friday night  —  Chicago White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson received a three-game suspension and fine from Major League Baseball for making contact with umpire Nick Mahrley after his ejection during …
Jesse Rogers / ESPN:
Chicago White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson suspended three games for making contact with umpire, appeals
Ken Rosenthal / MLB - The Athletic:
What I'm hearing ahead of the MLB trade deadline  —  It's A.J. Preller's world, and the rest of the baseball industry is just living in it.  —  OK, maybe that's an overstatement.  But true to form, Preller is pursuing a dizzying number of deals and seems virtually certain to make at least …
Fabian Ardaya / The Athletic:
Dodgers exploring options for lineup reinforcements before MLB trade deadline  —  DENVER — Max Muncy looked like he'd gotten it.  A full-count curveball from the Rockies' Kyle Freeland rocketed off Muncy's bat and shot toward the gap.  Even in the endless grass of Coors Field on Saturday night, it longed to at least find some space.
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Jesse Rogers / ESPN:
Tampa Bay Rays acquire veteran outfielder David Peralta from Arizona Diamondbacks, sources say
Associated Press:
Jacob deGrom set to make 2022 debut for New York Mets on Tuesday vs. Washington Nationals  —  MIAMI — New York Mets star Jacob deGrom will make his season debut against the Washington Nationals on Tuesday, manager Buck Showalter said before a series finale against Miami.  —  “I'm definitely excited,” deGrom said Sunday.
Discussion: New Jersey Online
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Anthony DiComo / MLB.com:
deGrom set to make '22 debut Tues. vs. Nats
David Furones / Sun-Sentinel:
Dolphins camp (Day 4): Tua's deep TD to Hill highlights offensive variety; plus stock up and down  —  Tyreek Hill kicked off the Miami Dolphins' first training camp practice open to fans by hyping up the crowd, landing a backflip and grabbing the microphone.
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David Furones / Sun-Sentinel:
Dolphins' McDaniel speaks highly of Holland, Mostert — and gives injury updates; Miami to celebrate 50th anniversary of Perfect Season
Discussion: Mercury News
Rhett Bollinger / MLB.com:
Trout gets positive feedback from spine specialist  —  ANAHEIM — Angels outfielder Mike Trout reported good news about his back injury on Sunday, as he met with noted spine specialist Dr. Robert Watkins this past Thursday and is slated to start rotational exercises on Wednesday with the intention of swinging a bat soon after.
Derrick Goold / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Cardinals notebook: John Mozeliak talks trade options to help now, and beyond  —  WASHINGTON — The Cardinals have forged a reputation and outfitted recent rosters by turning prospects into players traded months or even years before their final season of contract control.
Keith Law / MLB - The Athletic:
Top 60 MLB prospects: Keith Law's updated 2022 midseason ranking  —  This is my midpoint check-in on the best prospects still in the minors, including players drafted two weeks ago who have signed by now but have not debuted in pro ball.  As with my offseason list, I'm focused more on ceiling than floor …
Discussion: Covering the Corner
Kristie Ackert / New York Daily News:
Nestor Cortes is still feeling great as innings pile up  —  Nestor Cortes feels fine.  The Yankees lefty threw five solid innings Saturday in the Bombers' 8-2 win over the Royals at Yankee Stadium.  With that, he's thrown 106.2 overall this season and is inching close to where he topped out last season.
Discussion: New York Post and Newsday
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Kristie Ackert / New York Daily News:
Luis Severino's injury putting pressure on Yankees to add to rotation
David Schoenfield / ESPN:
From deadline dilemma to World Series champs?  Here's who could be this trade season's Atlanta Braves  —  The 2021 Atlanta Braves were hardly a shocking World Series winner, although with an 88-73 record in the regular season, they weren't a powerhouse team in the vein of recent champions like the 2016 Cubs …
Discussion: Phillies Nation
Meghan Montemurro / Chicago Tribune:
Chicago Cubs sell-off begins with reliever Chris Martin traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers for Zach McKinstry  —  SAN FRANCISCO — The Chicago Cubs' roster makeover is again underway.  —  They made their first trade-deadline move Saturday, beginning their sell-off by sending right-handed reliever Chris Martin …
Matthew Roberson / New York Daily News:
Resilient Mets beat Marlins behind gutty Chris Bassitt outing, Brandon Nimmo homer  —  MIAMI — A game pitting Chris Bassitt — the Mets' leader in innings pitched — against Sandy Alcantara, the National League Cy Young frontrunner, featured seven runs in the first two innings.
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Matthew Roberson / New York Daily News:
Tyler Naquin trade is another minor move for Mets team still in need of major addition
Discussion: Mercury News
 
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Derrick Goold / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Cardinals notebook: DeJong joins team in D.C., as does front office seeking an impact trade
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Andy Kostka / Baltimore Sun:
Orioles score 4 in 9th to beat Reds, 6-2, remain above .500 at 100-game mark for first time since 2016
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