With the pages of the calendar turning quickly toward the non-waiver trade deadline, numerous Major League Baseball teams are preoccupied crunching numbers and running trade scenarios in efforts to bolster their clubs.
There is just about two-and-a-half months of baseball left to be played, and this season is drastically different from years past. The addition of the second wild card has molded the landscape of the trading block into an unfamiliar realm of "are they" or "aren’t they" contender teams.
Eight teams in the National League are within five games of a playoff berth. In the American League, 11 teams are within postseason play.
The Yankees, Rangers, White Sox, Nationals, Reds and Giants already have their tickets to the show (at least, as of today.) The Pirates, Braves, Dodgers, Cardinals, Mets, Blue Jays, Indians, Red Sox, Rays, A’s, Tigers and Angels stand a chance of being there.
A few of those teams like the A’s, Blue Jays and Rays could end up being sellers, which makes the drama a bit more fantastic.
With so many teams within arm's reach of October baseball, some may feel compelled to make moves for the sake of purely making a move right now. Ultimately, this can actually hurt a franchise if they make a poor or unnecessary trade.
Grabbing a "name" just because he is available may not prove the most beneficial for some clubs. Here is a list of 20 trade targets that teams should avoid at all costs.