Before you know it, the rumor mill will start to heat up as the Major League Baseball July 31 trade deadline nears.
As the deadline approaches, it’s time to start thinking about which teams are going to be making moves to improve for this season and those that will be looking to dump some salary in order to improve for the future. We call these teams buyers and sellers.
In most scenarios, a team deemed a buyer will be a contender that might need to add a player or two to solidify their playoff hopes. On the contrary, sellers will be teams that are out of the race or don’t think they have what it takes, and may look to get some prospects in return for some current stars.
Last season, the Los Angeles Angels made one of the biggest deadline moves, trading top prospect Jean Segura to the Milwaukee Brewers in exchange for Zack Greinke. The move didn’t exactly pan out the way Los Angeles planned, but you should get a sense of what I mean now.
So let’s take a look at where each team is, where they might be come July 31 and whether they’ll be buyers or sellers at the trade deadline.
*All statistics in this article were obtained via FanGraphs unless otherwise noted. All contract information was obtained via Cot’s Contracts. All injury information was obtained via Baseball Prospectus.