The trade deadline is under a month away and currently 17 of the 30 teams are still in contention in their respective races for the division crown or a Wild Card berth into the postseason.
That number will surely drop by a small handful of teams before July 31, creating more sellers and more veteran talent available to the teams that remain buyers prior to the deadline.
The teams that have fallen out of contention typically ask for a ransom-return of prospects or “Major League ready” talent to give up the biggest-name stars in a trade. Of course, there are always a number of top prospects currently residing in the lower levels of the minors who will also be dealt to help their new clubs a year or two down the road.
This year’s sellers will be no different, seeking talent that is ready to step in and make an impact next season to catapult them out of seller-mode and into the playoff races for years to come.
Last season when the Mariners traded Cliff Lee (and reliever Mark Lowe) to the Texas Rangers, they received Justin Smoak, Blake Beaven, Josh Lueke and Matthew Lawson in return.
Let’s take a look at the teams that could be looking to improve their rosters via trade before July 31 by surrendering some of their own young talent in exchange.
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