MLB is right at the 100 game mark and teams are gearing up for the trade deadline. With the lack of teams that are in full-on sell mode, and the new absolute trade deadline being July 31st, it’s bound to be a seller’s market and prices are likely to be high for contenders to make additions.
In a previous piece, I discussed the teams I thought were already ready to sell. Let’s check the list:
New York Mets
Kansas City Royals
Toronto Blue Jays
San Francisco Giants
I still believe, for the most part, each of these teams will at least make 1 trade, and many, multiple trades (and some have already started). However, there are several other teams that are on the fence of a Wild Card berth that I think might be in the mold of “selling to buy for this year and beyond”. Some of the teams that are on the fence will sell off a few assets and players with large contracts or expiring deals in order to add players that could fit their needs for this year and beyond.
San Diego Padres
New York Mets
I don’t think the above teams are going to let a seriously depleted trade deadline go by without putting a few coals into the fire. In my opinion, here are some of the players from those teams that we could see their names pop up in rumors.
I’ve stated this before, but I’m still of the belief that the Braves truly want to add at the deadline, both a starting pitcher and a reliever (and maybe an outfielder), but do not want to give up high end talent for the acquisition of a rental. There are some interesting players on this list but some that will cost a fortune. Others, due to contract, are likely to come at a lesser cost should the Braves bite the bullet and take on the money.
Who on the above list would you like the Braves target before July 31st? In a future piece, I’ll build on my thoughts and who the Braves could target in the next 10 days.