The 2023 MLB trade deadline is Aug. 1 this year and that means it's only two weeks and one day away. With the draft and the All-Star break in the rearview mirror, front offices are out of excuses to avoid taking trades. The market should heat up very soon. 

CBS Sports' Dayn Perry took a deeper dive into the deadline's biggest name, looking at the case for and against a Shohei Ohtani trade. While the Angels mull baseball's biggest decision, here are Monday's deadline rumors.


Mets do not plan to discuss Alonso

Even with their postseason hopes fading, the Mets do not plan to discuss first baseman Pete Alonso in trades, according to SNY. Alonso will become a free agent after next season and all indications are owner Steve Cohen and the Mets will try to lock up their star first baseman over the winter. If an extension doesn't come together, an offseason trade could then become possible.

There is no shortage of contenders in need of a legitimate middle-of-the-order bat — the Brewers, Mariners, Marlins, and Phillies jump to mind, though that is just my speculation — and of course one of those teams is the 2024 Mets. New York is starved for power as it is. Trading away Alonso would necessitate a major lineup overhaul over the winter. Never say never, but an Alonso trade does seem unlikely at the deadline.