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Who Will The MLB Sellers Be?

Josh LevittSenior Analyst IJune 18, 2009

With the trade deadline rapidly approaching, let's take a look at some teams who might look to sell at the deadline.

Notice a trend here with these teams?

Pittsburgh

UNSURE (probably sellers)

  • Already traded away Nate McLouth, who was their best player
  • Only 5.5 games out of first place at the moment
  • Too early to say if the Pirates will trade away any other players after the McLouth backlash

Houston

UNSURE

  • Four games under .500, but only 5.5 games out of first place
  • Jose Valverde could be a very attractive trade chip
  • Can't say for sure if they will be buyers or sellers yet


Oakland

UNSURE

  • Nine games out of first place and 9.5 games out of the wild card
  • Likely to become sellers if they cannot gain some ground soon
  • However, besides Matt Holliday, what pieces do they realistically have to move?


Mariners

UNSURE

  • Six games out of first place, but 5 games out of wild card
  • Jarrod Washburn could be a very attractive chip
  • Erik Bedard's injury could/should hurt his trade value
  • How much longer can they keep pace with the Angels and Rangers?
  • Think about the future! (sell, sell, sell)


Arizona

SELLER

  • 16 games out of first place, but only 8 out of the wild card
  • Eric Byrnes is the only veteran with a absurd contact, who the D-Backs should clamor to move
  • Potential free agents Doug Davis, Felipe Lopez, and Jon Garland could net a healthy return as well (especially Davis)
  • Qualis, Rauch, and Schoeneweis all could be attractive trade chips


San Diego

SELLER (if they have any pieces to move)

  • 14 games out of first place
  • Tried to trade Jake Peavy earlier in the season to Chicago, but that deal fell through
  • Do they have any other tradeable pieces besides Peavy?


Colorado

UNSURE

  • 11 games out of first place, but only 3.5 out of the wild card
  • Their recent 11-game winning streak sure changed their status from probable sellers to dare I say it....buyers
  • Lots of attractive pieces here: Brad Hawpe, Hutson Street, Jason Marquis


Cleveland

UNSURE

  • Six-and-a-half games out of first place....9.5 games out of the wild card
  • Playing better recently....AL Central is very weak
  • might be getting Sizemore back soon....should they hold?


Washington

SELLERS

  • Nineteen games out of first place, 17.5 games out of the wild card
  • What a mess
  • Everyone outside of Zimmerman/Zimmermann (for the most part) should be available


Baltimore

SELLERS

  • Twelve games out of first place, 9 games out of the wild card
  • Future should be the focus in Baltimore
  • Get more young pieces!


As you can see, there are so many teams out there right now who are not sure if they will be sellers. The reason is simple: there are so many mediocre teams in baseball this season that almost every team is still in striking distance of the playoffs.

Thoughts?

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