While the reporters were observing pregame warmups, there was an odd site in Seattle prior to the game between the Houston Astros and the Seattle Mariners. Astros’ infielder Abraham Toro was having a catch in a Mariners uniform with Mariners catcher Luis Torrens. That prompted the reporters to start digging.
The Detroit Tigers are rebuilding. That is not a secret. Although they sit in third place in the American League Central, the division belongs to the Chicago White Sox. Let’s take a look at what Detroit will do.
The Cincinnati Reds have fallen a little flat out of the All-Star Break, losing six of nine games. But they are coming off a series win over the St. Louis Cardinals and are still in both the National League Central and Wild Card races. That puts them in an interesting position at the trade deadline.
The Philadelphia Phillies are in the unenviable position of being caught in the middle. The New York Mets lead the East and the Atlanta Braves just traded for Joc Pederson to replace their injured superstar Ronlad Acuna Jr. What will the Phillies do?
The Rockies are clear sellers, though their record is better than many people would have anticipated at the start of this season. Still, it will be a long time before they surpass the elite three in the NL West, so Colorado should feel comfortable trading Story (and others) while they can.
The Rangers are clear sellers, though their level of aggressiveness remains unclear. While it would be wise to trade any player above the age of 30 with an expiring contract, Texas does have to field a team and also doesn’t want to allow itself to get fleeced. Thus, make no mistake: the Rangers are more than comfortable with sitting pat if they so desire.
2021 MLB Trade Deadline Preview: Kansas City Royals
As the Chicago White Sox start to run away with the American League Central Division, the Kansas City Royals are falling to the bottom. Once again, the trade deadline will be a disappearing act for many in the Royals’ clubhouse, as new prospects join the organization and veterans look to make a playoff push elsewhere.
The New York Mets have had one of the most interesting seasons of any team in baseball. Coming in with big expectations from big offseason acquisition Francisco Lindor, the Mets were met by some disappointing results. With this the case, the Mets have their work cut out for them this trade deadline.
While the fate of their 2021 season is decided, the Pirates still have work to do before they think about free agency and the 2022 campaign. In fact, the July 30 trade deadline could dictate how Pittsburgh fares several years down the road.
2021 has marked another year of misery for the Baltimore Orioles. On pace to finish with the worst record in the American League and second-worst record in all of baseball, Baltimore is now turning its attention to the upcoming trade deadline.
The St. Louis Cardinals are on the borderline between being buyers and sellers. With their current standing, and the current roster, there isn’t much the Cards can do, but there are a few pieces they could sell.
After winning the American League title last season, the Tampa Bay Rays have formulated another strong season in 2021. Currently just 1.5 games behind the Boston Red Sox in the American League East, the Rays have once again excelled despite having a low payroll.
The Cleveland Indians were able to sweep the Kansas City Royals entering the All-Star break. The problem is, they were riding a nine-game losing streak and fell to eight games back of the Chicago White Sox for the AL Central lead.
2021 MLB Trade Deadline Preview: San Francisco Giants
After selling at the past few deadlines, the Giants are back in the market as buyers—and they might wind up being big-time aggressive. With the best record in all of baseball, it is imperative that the Giants address areas of weakness to reduce the threat of losing ground.
2021 MLB Trade Deadline Preview: Los Angeles Dodgers
The Los Angeles Dodgers won the World Series last season and surely have their sights on defending their title in 2021. However, a new obstacle stands in their way in the form of the San Francisco Giants, who have risen to new heights and now hold the best record in all of MLB.
The Diamondbacks are nearly three dozen games out of the top spot in the NL East. This would be terrible if the season was over, but it is infinitely times more despicable considering we’re only at the unofficial halfway point. Now, for yet another season, Arizona is a clear seller ahead of the deadline.