With the Mid-Summer Classic now past us, the Baseball season now heads into the 2nd Half with quite a few races up for grabs with teams looking to improve. Teams will be looking to upgrade their teams for the final months of the season by the end of the month at the Trading Deadline. Fans have been used to in the past having an idea of which teams would be, “buyers” or “sellers” but in an era of having 2 Wild Card teams teams normally don’t have any idea of what their plans are until the last moment. Unlike previous years though, there seems to be a good number of teams that seem to have their plans made for the deadline and are going through with putting those plans into motion. With that said this is going to be my MLB Trade Deadline Preview, I’ll be doing a separate Indians deadline preview early next week.
But first let’s quickly mark off one pitcher now off the market
Boston Red Sox acquire SP Drew Pomeranz from San Diego Padres in exchange for SP Anderson Espinoza
Anyways let’s get into the Trade Deadline Preview.
Miami Marlins- Don Mattingly has done an outstanding job in his first year really putting together a very formidable team in the AL East that has them right with the defending NL Champion New York Mets fighting for 2nd behind the Nationals. They added All-Star RP Fernando Rodney to their bullpen to create a great back end of the bullpen of Rodney and fellow All-Star RP AJ Ramos. While the Marlins offense and bullpen are pretty much set for a playoff run, they need another arm behind ace Jose Fernandez. Wei-Yin Chen was expected to be that #2 guy, but hasn’t lived up to his contract. If they really want to compete with the Mets and Nationals in their division, they must acquire another front of the rotation starter.
Baltimore Orioles- We all know the Orioles have one of the better lineups in the American League and with the emergence of Mark Trumbo to go with Manny Machado, their lineup seems as dangerous as ever. Not to mention they still got a great bullpen led by Zach Britton, the Orioles should be able to sustain their success in the 2nd Half. With all that said, the Orioles starting rotation is average to say the least. Outside of Chris Tillman, the Orioles don’t have a real reliable option in the rotation. If the Orioles want to continue to hold off Boston and Toronto, they must find another arm to go in their rotation by the deadline.
Honorable Mention- Boston Red Sox, Texas Rangers, St. Louis Cardinals
Atlanta Braves- Since April, we’ve known the Braves were going to be sellers at the Trade Deadline, but the question is who is on the market from the Braves? A month ago it seemed to be a sure thing that SP Julio Teheran would be dealt, but now the Braves seem to be hesitant and have moved other starters like SP Bud Norris instead. I think after the Pomeranz deal, Teheran staying in Atlanta seems to look better now. After Teheran, the Braves have hard throwing CP Arodys Vizcaino that could intrigue teams looking for a young reliever. As for the offensive side, as much as teams may want 1B Freddie Freeman, the Braves won’t deal him. They still have OF Nick Markakis that could really benefit a team looking for a consistent bat and a great defensive outfielder. There also have been rumblings of C Tyler Flowers getting moved as well. Expect the Braves to be active at the deadline.
Honorable Mention- Los Angeles Angels, Milwaukee Brewers, Oakland A’s
Colorado Rockies- Surprisingly the Rockies are sitting in 3rd Place in the NL West and 7GB in the NL Wild Card. Like usual, the Rockies calling card is their stellar offense and their pitching needs help. I don’t think the Rockies will be buyers, but if they start the 2nd Half strong, they won’t be sellers at the deadline. Obviously if a Carlos Gonzalez was on the trade market, it would make things very interesting, but Rockies know they can always trade him in the offseason.
Pittsburgh Pirates- The Pirates are very intriguing as they are right in the Wild Card race. The Pirates are in my opinion at a point where they must retool instead of contend. I’m not saying rebuild, but because their prized young arms are finally arriving in Pittsburgh. The Pirates have some nice young players to be excited about but I’d consider some form of retooling the roster that makes the Pirates even better in 2017.
Honorable Mention- Seattle Mariners
While I know we covered a lot in there, since the introduction of the Wild Card Game and adding a 2nd Wild Card team, teams have proven at the deadline to be indecisive. Only the teams truly out in front of everyone and those clearly out of it really make deals. I would expect things to really pick up over the next week as teams start to figure out where they stand and decide what they want to do. I hope this gives Baseball fans a wide perspective of what to expect at the deadline. I’ll follow this up in the next few days with my Cleveland Indians Trade Deadline Preview and before the Trade Deadline passes I’ll give you guys the 5 trades I want to see happen. This is possibly my favorite time of the Baseball season as we finally will start to see which teams are going to make a run for their chance to win the Fall Classic later this year and I’m excited to see what the next few weeks bring us that shape up the hunt for October.