Who would have thought that roughly one month into the Major League Baseball season, 21 teams would be within two games of .500 or better? Talk about parity.
To be sure, it’s unrealistic to think that each of them has legitimate shot at postseason baseball, but it’s never too early for teams to best position themselves by adding a player to shore up an area of weakness.
And with the glut of injuries across MLB—think Kris Medlen, Avisail Garcia, Bryce Harper, Ivan Nova and Jarrod Parker—a franchise’s fortunes can change on a dime, adding value to each victory. So with team needs becoming clearer after one month, trades that were simply speculation are suddenly becoming not only more realistic, but necessary.
Let’s take a look at four moves that are starting to look possible.
All statistics are courtesy of Baseball-Reference.com and are accurate as of game time on Sunday, April 27. In-game information and standings are courtesy of MLB.com. Salary figures taken from Cots Contracts.