The Major League Baseball non-waiver trade deadline is now just six weeks away, and a clear picture is beginning to form as to which teams will be buyers, and which teams will be sellers this July.
The Minnesota Twins, Houston Astros, New York Mets and San Diego Padres seem to be inching towards selling their star players to shed payroll and add valuable prospects to help them rebuild toward contention in the near future.
The New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, Detroit Tigers, Philadelphia Phillies, Atlanta Braves, St. Louis Cardinals and San Francisco Giants are all currently squarely in contention and would appear to be buyers at the deadline.
The entire AL West remains in contention. The Texas Rangers should be buyers as they look to repeat as American League champions. The Los Angeles Angels and Oakland Athletics could still head in either direction. The Mariners have been a surprise in the first half and will likely look to add a bat and prolong their run deep into the second half.
Any trade talk involving Albert Pujols probably already fell into the realm of wishful thinking, but now must be shelved with him on the disabled list past the deadline.
Speaking of which, the National League Central also has a few additional buyers thanks to the Pujols injury.
The Milwaukee Brewers, already in the thick of the race, may now hold off on any trade talks that would have them sending their soon-to-be-free-agent, Prince Fielder, elsewhere for a package of top prospects. Fielder will be a huge asset to the Brewers lineup as they try to build a cushion between themselves and the Cardinals over the next six weeks.
The Reds, currently just a pair of games behind the Brewers and Cardinals, could also look to capitalize on St. Louis’ misfortunes and could become buyers.
Trade talks could start heating up real fast.
Here’s a quick look at some of the top names that could see new homes before July 31, and their most likely destinations.