MLB Trade Scenarios: Ranking All 30 Teams Based on Trade Urgency
While it may be early in the MLB season, there are a number of teams that look like they may need to shake things up if they are going to live up to the expectations placed on them prior to the season.
Some teams that were expected to do well are near the bottom of the standings. A trade may be what one of these teams needs to turn things around.
There are other teams that are beginning to look more and more like sellers. At this point in the year they do not need to make deals yet, but they may be looking to move some of their players very soon.
30) Minnesota Twins
With just 10 wins through their first 34 games, it looks like the Minnesota Twins are going to have a rough season this year.
The Twins are not desperate to make any trades at the moment, but they could move some players at the trade deadline. Carl Pavano and Matt Capps could be trade candidates this year according to Nick Cafardo of The Boston Globe.
29) Houston Astros
The Houston Astros planned on rebuilding during the 2012 season and they have actually done a decent job of being competitive with the roster that they assembled.
Houston is in no rush to make any deals, but they could look to move some of their veterans later in the season.
28) San Diego Padres
The San Diego Padres have had a number of players that they were counting on this year—such as Cameron Maybin—struggle, which has led them to a spot in last place in the National League West.
It looks like the Padres will not be going anywhere this year and they do not have to make a deal anytime soon. They are a team that could be sellers at the trade deadline.
27) Kansas City Royals
With all of the young players in the Kansas City Royals lineup, they will be in a position to be competitive very soon.
It looks like this season will not be the year for that. Right now the Royals need to focus on developing their top prospects in the minors so that they can contribute later in the season or in the beginning of 2013.
26) Chicago Cubs
The Theo Epstein regime in Chicago has not gotten off to a great start. It has been a tough year for the Cubs, and things might not get better.
There is hope for the Cubs' future with Anthony Rizzo in the minors. Chicago is trying to build around Matt Garza and they are attempting to sign him to an extension. Once that is resolved they will look to the trade market.
25) Chicago White Sox
There were no expectations that the Chicago White Sox would be serious contenders in the American League Central, but they have done a decent job staying near the top of the standings early in the season.
If the White Sox stay within a few games of first place a few months down the line then they might make a big move. However, at the moment, there is no urgency for the White Sox to make a deal.
24) Oakland Athletics
It is a bit surprising to see the Oakland Athletics in second place in the American League West after the first fifth of the season is in the books.
The traded away two good starters this winter, Gio Gonzalez and Trevor Cahill, and they have been able to play well without them.
Right now it is still early for the Athletics to need to make a deal. If they are in the same position they are in now in a few months, then they may be active in the trade market.
23) Seattle Mariners
This season has not gone very well for the Seattle Mariners, as a number of their players have struggled from the start of the season and have not been able to turn things around.
The Mariners look like they might be one of the teams that is a seller at the trade deadline, but they won't make any moves just yet.
22) Texas Rangers
The Texas Rangers have done everything that has been expected of them thus far this season.
There is not really a place that the Rangers need to improve at the moment. They look like a World Series contender with their current roster.
21) Miami Marlins
After moving to a new ballpark and getting a new name at the beginning of the year, the Miami Marlins got off to a slow start.
Things have begun to get better for the Marlins and they have gotten hot of late. They should continue to sort things out and there is no reason for them to rush out and make a trade now.
20) New York Mets
The New York Mets have played very well at times this season and have struggled significantly at other points in the year.
Before the Mets look into any deals, they are going to need to find out if they are buyers and sellers. That distinction will not become clear for a few months. They can use some bullpen help, but they likely will not make a deal unless they identify themselves as buyers.
19) Los Angeles Dodgers
Even though it is early in the season it looks like the Los Angeles Dodgers have a chance to run away with the National League West.
Any moves made by the Dodgers will not come for a few months. They are set for now and they will look to make improvements down the stretch.
18) Pittsburgh Pirates
The Pittsburgh Pirates surprised a number of people with their performance in 2011, and they are not going to sneak up on anyone this year.
Pittsburgh is a team that needs to find out if they have a chance at the playoffs this season before they make a deal. Don't expect any deals from the Pirates at the moment.
17) St. Louis Cardinals
Through the early part of the season it appears as if the St. Louis Cardinals will be able to return to the playoffs in their first year without Albert Pujols.
St. Louis is looking like the class of the National League Central and they do not have to make a move at the moment, although it would be nice if they could bring in a second baseman down the stretch.
16) Detroit Tigers
Even after the early-season struggles that the Detroit Tigers have had this season, they are still the favorites to win the American League Central.
The team will certainly be looking to make improvements as the season goes on, but they do not need a trade to shake things up.
15) Tampa Bay Rays
There may once again be a tight fight to the finish for first place in the American League East, and the Tampa Bay Rays should be one of the teams in contention.
With Evan Longoria on the disabled list the Rays could use a third baseman, but based on what they have done since he got injured it seems as if the team is comfortable with their internal options.
14) Cincinnati Reds
A slow start to the year does not mean that the Cincinnati Reds should panic and go out and make a trade this early in the season.
The Reds have made the playoffs just once since 2000, and this season they have a good chance to return to the postseason.
13) Atlanta Braves
If there has been one weakness for the Atlanta Braves this year it has been their pitching. They do not need to look to the trade market for a starter since they have Julio Teheran in the minors.
However, the Braves could certainly look to improve their bullpen and they may have a number of players to choose from if they seek to make a trade.
12) Washington Nationals
The Washington Nationals have dealt with a number of injuries during the early part of the 2012 season and they have still been able to post one of the better records in MLB.
However, the Nationals may need to make a move if they are going to reach the playoffs this year. Adding an outfielder would do a lot for the Nationals.
11) New York Yankees
Having Andy Pettitte join the New York Yankees' starting rotation was a big addition for the team.
With Michael Pineda out for the year and a number of the Yankees' starting pitchers struggling, the Bronx Bombers may be in the market for another starter.
10) Cleveland Indians
It appears as if there might be a tight race in the American League Central this year if the Cleveland Indians can keep things together.
The Indians have been able to have a winning record even though they have four starters with an ERA over 4.00. They will need to bring in another starter if they are going to stay in contention.
9) Milwaukee Brewers
The Milwaukee Brewers knew that they were going to need to overcome the loss of Prince Fielder, but they have struggled to do so.
Milwaukee's offensive issues should resolve themselves, but the Brewers need to bring in a pitcher if they are going to defend their National League Central crown.
8) Colorado Rockies
So far this season the Colorado Rockies' starting rotation has been one of the worst in the major leagues.
For the Rockies to have any shot at making the playoffs they are going to need to make changes to their rotation—and they are going to need to do it soon.
7) Arizona Diamondbacks
Injuries have been a problem for the Arizona Diamondbacks so far in 2012. Things should improve for them when Chris Young and Stephen Drew return.
The Diamondbacks may need to make some moves in the interim to keep the team in contention until their big bats return.
6) San Francisco Giants
Things should improve for the San Francisco Giants once Tim Lincecum is able to turn things around.
Their offense, on the other hand could certainly use an addition with Pablo Sandoval out. An offensive presence at shortstop would also be welcomed in San Francisco.
5) Toronto Blue Jays
For the past 15 years the Toronto Blue Jays have been trying to compete with the Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees and more recently the Tampa Bay Rays.
Toronto has gotten close, but they are still a player or two away from being able to contend this year. The Blue Jays will need to make a move if they want to make the playoffs.
Toronto wants to make a big splash, and they have already inquired about the Phillies' Cole Hamels and Shane Victorino.
4) Baltimore Orioles
No team has been more of a surprise this season than the Baltimore Orioles. It is very surprising to see them in first place at this point of the year.
Baltimore is going to need to make some moves if they want to stay there though. The Orioles could improve at third base or they could look to bring in a starting pitcher.
3) Boston Red Sox
Things are not going according to plan in Boston following their huge collapse last season. Bobby Valentine has not been able to get control of his team.
A major shake-up is needed in Boston and a trade is one way to bring that to the Red Sox. They are not playing up to the level that they are capable of.
2) Los Angeles Angels
After bringing in Albert Pujols and C.J. Wilson this offseason, the Los Angeles Angels envisioned a winning season.
They find themselves under .500 through their first 35 games and they need to make a move to change things up. A minor trade could be enough to help them turn things around.
1) Philadelphia Phillies
Along with the Los Angeles Angels, the Philadelphia Phillies have been one of the biggest disappointments in baseball this season.
The Phillies have had to deal with some injuries, but that should be no excuse for their poor start. Philadelphia will need to make a move that helps them turn things around if they don't want to be sellers when the trade deadline rolls around.
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