MLB Trade Deadline: 6 Teams on Their Way to Midseason Fire Sales

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MLB Trade Deadline: 6 Teams on Their Way to Midseason Fire Sales
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Teams that are struggling to begin 2011 may find themselves forced to trade away some marquee players.

Nobody likes the term "fire sale." I know when I hear it, it makes me cringe. And certainly, no one likes to be part of a fire sale, because it typically means that a team is struggling and has pretty much abandoned any hope of success in the current season.

In 2010, there weren't any real fire sales to speak of. But that could definitely change in 2011. Teams that are in financial trouble or are heading into a rebuilding phase could unload lots of heavy contracts and All-Star-caliber players, as the Jul. 31 non-waiver trade deadline approaches. We could be seeing a number of teams "sell the house" so to speak.

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