Deal, or no deal?
The non-waiver trade deadline may be weeks away—July 31 at 4 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, to be exact—but that doesn’t mean teams haven't begun to ponder the question of whether they will be buyers or sellers when it comes time to deal.
For the teams at the top of their game—and for the cellar-dwellers out there as well—the decision is easy.
But for those on the cusp of a playoff berth, buying may seem like an appealing option. Likewise, for those teams who are close but on the outside looking in, selling could be an option to boost future playoff runs.
But all that can change in a heartbeat, or one crucial series, at least.
For the following teams on the fence, the question of whether they will be buyers or sellers come July 31 could very well be decided in the coming weeks before the All-Star break.
The following is a list of “must-win” series for teams who can make or break their season now.
All statistics via ESPN.com.