Now that July has officially started, teams can sense the MLB trade deadline looming. By July 31st, GMs will have spent the past month living on their cell phones, trying to piece together that one deal that will make the difference between playing in October and getting a jump start on Christmas shopping.
The biggest difference between this season and last is the new wild-card format. Now that five teams from each league make it to the playoffs, there are more teams who have the chance to make it to the postseason and, as a result, will be looking to improve their roster immediately rather than play the odds for the long run.
Here are a few teams who will be buying at the deadline in an effort to make the postseason.