The MLB July 31 non-waiver trade deadline is only six weeks away, and the stove is already warming up.
Over the past few weeks, rumors involving Jeff Samardzija, James Shields, David Price and Chase Utley have captured the nation’s imagination. There are other names, of course, but the point is that this is just the beginning.
The non-waiver trade deadline this season figures to be less predictable than in years past for two reasons. First, parity reigns across MLB. For example, there are seven teams in the American League within six games of the second wild-card spot, giving many general managers a false sense of participation.
The second reason is that several stars are set to return from the disabled list. That means teams will take a wait-and-see approach before deciding whether to liquidate or add talent at the non-waiver trade deadline.
It’s never too early to make predictions, though. So let’s take a gallop around MLB and see which teams will be "buyers" and which will be "sellers" before the month of August is upon us.
Unless otherwise noted, all statistics are courtesy of Baseball-Reference and are accurate as of game time on Sunday, June 15. Standings were taken from MLB.com and are also accurate as of game time on Sunday, June 15.