When writing on potential trade targets that could be available later in the 2013 MLB regular season, I often refer to players on teams that I don’t expect to contend and are very likely to be out of the pennant race by mid-July.
It’s almost a given, however, that there are at least one or two teams that play better than expected and end up in a position to be “buyers” at the trade deadline as opposed to “sellers.”
There were no bigger surprises than the Oakland A’s and Baltimore Orioles in 2012. Neither team made any significant deals, although they didn’t trade any players to contenders as would have been expected. And in all likelihood, both teams were talking to other teams around the league and looking to upgrade for the stretch run.
While it’s still early, we can point to a few teams who are not only off to good starts, but they appear to be playing much better than anticipated.
Here are four teams that could end up as surprise “buyers” in July.