With just over a week to go before the July 31 trade deadline arrives, questions abound for nearly every team in baseball.
Are they going to be buyers or sellers?
If they're buying, are they really one impact player away from making a deep playoff run and contending for a World Series ring, which would make selling off part of the farm system worthwhile, or are they looking at their roster through rose-tinted glasses, obscuring the multiple holes that are evident to everyone except those in charge?
If they're selling, are they really ready to commit to a youth movement, dealing away longtime franchise fixtures and valuable veteran assets for an influx of youth that, while maybe not bringing immediate results, is best for the team's long-term future?
Or are they merely providing lip service to a frustrated fan base, saying that everyone's available when, in reality, these teams have no intention of making a deal, regardless of the offers that they may receive?
What about those teams that aren't quite sure what they are? Can they figure it out before it's too late, or are they destined to stand pat as the deadline arrives while teams around them are busy making moves?
For these five teams, the answers to those questions carry significant importance, both for the future of their teams and, in some cases, the future of those making these decisions.