Prior to the season, I named six teams that appeared to have enough hitting depth to make a trade during the regular season. None of the six teams—Detroit Tigers, Los Angeles Dodgers, Seattle Mariners, St. Louis Cardinals, Texas Rangers, Washington Nationals—have made a trade yet, but they could have some decent trade chips should they go shopping for some help down the stretch.
Surprise teams like the Red Sox and Rockies are also looking particularly deep in hitting talent and could have the ability to trade from that area of strength later in the season. In fact, the Rockies' fast start (18-13) has removed names like Dexter Fowler and Carlos Gonzalez from trade rumors. The Sox could have several Triple-A regulars, including Jackie Bradley Jr., Bryce Brentz, Jose Iglesias and Ryan Lavarnway, receiving strong interest from "sellers" at the trade deadline.
Here’s an update on the six teams I chose in the offseason and whether their organizational hitting depth is still strong.