The chatter is picking up as the Wednesday, July 31, non-waiver 2013 MLB trade deadline approaches, and the focus is starting to shift toward the teams looking to sell.
With several organizations stockpiled with big-name talent continuing to struggle, the likelihood that the following franchises begin to dump salary and unfavorable contracts is skyrocketing.
Expect each of the following teams to be major sellers at the deadline.
The Philadelphia Phillies sit in second place in the National League East, eight games behind the Atlanta Braves and boasting a 49-52 record thus far. With the team not going anywhere fast, it’s time for general manager Ruben Amaro to do what he does best, make a deal.
Instead of the Phillies hunting for the player that will put them into contention during the postseason, the franchise should be looking to move a few of the high-dollar contracts it has on its books.
While the franchise isn’t too far away from still being in contention to win the division and make the playoffs, the solid play of the Braves and the rumored interest from teams in names like Michael Young, per Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, will force Philadelphia to sell.
Chicago White Sox
The Chicago White Sox have a roster full of talented players, but once again the team has underperformed and finds itself 16 games back in the American League Central with a putrid 39-59 record.
The organization must realize that the 2013 campaign is a lost cause and start planning for next year. With a strong core of young players, moving some of the expensive deals now and getting the maximum return is the responsible move for the White Sox.
Rumors are already flying that huge names like starting pitcher Jake Peavy, per Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, and fielders Alex Rios and Alexei Ramirez, also according to Heyman, are drawing serious interest in the trade market.
For the betterment of the future in Chicago, the franchise should be looking to make any deal that helps their organization move forward from some of the poor contract decision in the past.
Toronto Blue Jays
The Toronto Blue Jays were supposed to have one of the most dangerous teams in the majors this year, but as the franchise sits 14.5 games behind the Red Sox in the AL East with a 45-55 record, it’s clear that the experiment didn’t work.
Despite general manager Alex Anthopoulos’ recent comments that the team would not be buying at the deadline, per Shi Davidi of SportsNet, there is no doubt that his roster is full of players like Mark Buehrle, Josh Johnson or Edwin Encarnacion that other teams will likely be looking to target.
The Blue Jays will likely be offered deals that will help the franchise in the long run, and if Toronto is trying to change the culture of the organization into one steeped in wins, becoming a seller at the deadline is a necessary evil.