With the July 31st trade deadline quickly approaching teams are jockeying to get into position. Some teams looking to add and others seeking to subtract. In this piece, we will cover the top ten teams looking to add in July. (In no particular order)
The Yankees made a big splash in the offseason landing 2017 NL MVP Giancarlo Stanton. However, that doesn’t mean that their shopping cart is empty. It is no secret around the baseball industry that the Yankees will be looking for help in their starting rotation. While the current trade market isn’t filled with “Aces” yet, it soon might be. As recent reports said that the New York Mets would be listening to offers on everyone. And if Jacob deGrom or Noah Syndergaard should become available look for the Yankees to be even bigger buyers than expected.
This season Boston has been beseeched by injuries. And they will look to the trade market to find the help necessary for a long playoff run. The Red Sox’s rotation has three top-tier starters in Chris Sale, David Price, and Rick Porcello. However, the bullpen leading up to closer Craig Kimbrel could be an area of fortification. As well as help around the infield.
Houston doesn’t have many problems, but the bullpen is one. The Astros like that Yankees made a big offseason acquisition when they traded for Gerrit Cole from the Pittsburgh Pirates. Since then the Astros starters have been phenomenal. But losing close games late in the playoffs is a cardinal sin. So expect Houston to scour the trade market for relief help.
LA has had a slow start to their season. Their ace Clayton Kershaw once the poster boy for durability as a starting pitcher has made two separate trips to the DL. LA has been very active on the trade market in recent years and this year shouldn’t be any different.
In what has become the most unexpected toughest division in baseball the NL East has three teams fighting for first. The Nats, Phils, and Braves are all battling. And all three will be competing at the trade deadline as well.
As was just mentioned with the Nationals, the Phillies will be searching for help to bolster the team. With Maikel Franco struggling in his progression this season the Phils have been connected to veteran third baseman Adrian Beltre. Philadelphia has also been linked to fellow Texas Ranger (and former Phillie) Cole Hamels. A recent report speculated that Hamels could be traded before the All-Star game.
Sensing a trend the third team and current leader in the NL East the Atlanta Braves should also be active on the trade market. The 2018 Braves have been compared to the 2017 New York Yankees. A very young team playing exceptionally well and maybe a year or two ahead of their scheduled compete by date. So with their success so far this season and with the fact, they are atop the NL East division Atlanta should look to add at the deadline.
Cleveland was a team that seemingly came out of nowhere in 2016 when they went on their playoff push. And since then they have dominated the AL Central. This season, however, had been a different story to start the year. Although they struggled out of the gate, the Indians rebounded and are now firmly in first place in the AL Central. Cleveland has had one of the best pitching staffs in the game over the last couple of seasons. But this year they have been weakened somewhat with departures and injuries. So they will venture to sure up their strength so they can once again have a long run in the playoffs.
Jerry “Always Trading” Dipoto is the Mariners GM so expect a few trades to happen in the Pacific Northwest. Dipoto has been the most active GM in terms of trades since taking hold of the job in 2015. And with Seattle currently in possession of the second wildcard spot, more moves should happen to try and secure that spot.
Milwaukee has put themselves in a position to go for it this season. And thus their inclusion in this countdown. The Brewers have a nice talented team but will need reinforcements to their starting rotation as the Chicago Cubs are right on their tail in the NL Central.