MLB Trade Deadline: 5 Teams That Shouldn't Be Complacent
Good teams should never be complacent with their squad, especially with the MLB trade deadline looming.
Many teams may be pleased with their clubs so far, but all that can change in an instant with injuries and slumps. When these unforeseen scenarios happen to the teams that settled, fans can only think, what would have happened if they made the necessary moves?
Here is a rundown of five teams that should be looking to fill holes in their roster before the trade deadline.
Boston Red Sox
After last year's colossal meltdown the Boston Red Sox must make the playoffs, or heads are going to roll.
Losing the American League wild card spot last year to the Tampa Bay Rays after having a 99.6 percent chance of reaching the playoffs will most likely never be forgotten, but making it to the post season this year will at least get it off of fans' minds for the meantime.
Currently the Boston Red Sox are 48-48 and stuck in mediocrity. Although now is not the time to push the panic button, something needs to be done soon to get the team rolling.
At the very least Boston needs to make a push for a wild card spot.
The Red Sox are currently in the midst of a blockbuster trade with the Florida Marlins that could be their saving grace. The proposed trade would send left fielder Carl Crawford and a prospect to Florida in exchange for third baseman Hanley Ramirez and pitcher Heath Bell.
This trade would address Boston's pitching, which has been suspect up until this point. Currently the Red Sox are 23rd in the MLB with an ERA of 4.23.
The Detroit Tigers are leading the American League Central Division for the first time since May 1, but the Chicago White Sox are just 1.5 games back in the standings. With the White Sox right on their tail, the Tigers should be looking to add a pitcher before the trade deadline.
Detroit's offense is what has gotten this club to the top spot in the division, as they are currently seventh in the MLB in runs with 441. The Tigers are also fourth in on base percentage, at .335, and fifth in batting average.
However, for this team to hold on to the No. 1 spot in the Central division and cushion their lead, they need to add a veteran pitcher. The Tigers are currently smack dab in the middle of the MLB when it comes to pitching. Detroit is 14th in ERA, 13th in quality starts and 16th in WHIP.
Los Angeles Dodgers
The new ownership for the Los Angeles Dodgers needs to be aggressive since they are right behind the San Francisco Giants in the National League Western Division. Just 1.5 games back, the Dodgers are prime to take the top spot.
A huge trade and dramatic changes aren't needed before the trade deadline, but something needs to be done to shake things up in the west.
According to Bruce Levine of ESPNChicago.com, the dodgers have shifted their focus to starting pitcher Matt Garza from the Chicago Cubs.
Pitching hasn't been a huge issue for the Dodgers, but Garza could be the missing piece needed to slide past the Giants for the No. 1 spot.
The Oakland A's are surging right now after going 9-1 in their last 10 games and successfully sweeping the New York Yankees, which have the best record in the MLB.
This club can make a run at a wild card spot, or even the top spot in the A.L. Western Division, since they are just 5.5 games back from the Texas Rangers.
Now is not the time to be satisfied, which is why Oakland should be looking to acquire a shortstop or a third basemen that has the skill set to improve the A's batting.
Oakland is 25th in the MLB in runs, 28th in on base percentage, at .302, and dead last with a team batting average of .228
The Pittsburgh Pirates find themselves in a pretty good situation right now since the Cincinnati Reds just have a slim .5 game lead in the N.L. Central Division. The Pirates are currently 54-40, which is good enough for a wild card spot at the moment, but they shouldn't be content with that.
If the Pirates acquired another good hitter they could easily find themselves on top of the division.
According to the Kansas City Star, the Pirates have shown interest in acquiring the Kansas City Royals' Billy Butler.
The designated hitter for the Royals is currently batting .296 with 19 home runs and 58 RBI.
Butler could be just what the Pirates need to run through the division and finish with a winning record, something which hasn't been done since 1992.