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MLB trade rumors: Two teams check in on Shohei Ohtani; White Sox interested in Jonathan India

The 2023 MLB trade deadline is Aug. 1 this year. Just a week away. The trade activity began last Wednesday, with the Orioles add hard-throwing Shintaro Fujinami from the Athletics. It seems like only a matter of time before more deals happen.

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

Orioles, Diamondbacks have called on Ohtani

The Angels haven’t and won’t make a decision on trading two-way star Shohei Ohtani until closer to the deadline. That hasn’t stopped teams from inquiring and potentially laying the groundwork for future talks. Indeed, you can count the Orioles and Diamondbacks among the clubs to have checked in, according to MLB Network’s Jon Morosi.

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Morosi describes the Orioles and Diamondbacks’ interest levels as “due diligence.” Of course, that may be all you can ask for at this point given the Angels haven’t yet committed to moving Ohtani. In theory at least, both teams are well positioned to make a run at acquiring him since they have an embarrassment of riches with respect to intriguing position player prospects.

Astros seeking ‘good old fashioned’ trade

On a pregame show over the weekend, Astros assistant general manager Andrew Ball said that Houston is calling fellow contenders and seeking a “good old fashioned baseball trade,” in which both teams get better, according to The Athletic’s Chandler Rome.

Ball’s comments echo the ones made last month by general manager Dana Brown, who indicated they’d be open to moving an outfielder in order to improve elsewhere. Houston’s depth chart includes Kyle Tucker, Chas McCormick, Jake Meyers, and Corey Julks — and that’s with both 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 Jonathan India, the 2021 NL Rookie of the Year Award recipient. The White Sox are among the clubs interested in adding him to their roster, according to Gordon Wittenmyer of the Cincinnati Enquirer.

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

The Reds are believed to be pursuing pitching help.

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