As the summer heats up, the MLB trade season ramps up, too. Which teams will be buyers? Which teams will be sellers?
Some teams are obvious sellers.
The Pirates are perennial cost-cutters. The Astros are a rebuilding team. The Cubs are a struggling club saddled with a high payroll. The Orioles are hanging in there. However, they figure to be in a similar spot as the Cubs before July 31. And then there's the poor Mets.
Some clubs may be surprise sellers, though. They could substantially shake things up over the next couple of months by moving players—not even marquee ones—who would help give buying teams the edge they need as the season heats up in its later months.
Here are five such clubs that could shake up the trade deadline if they elect to become sellers.