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If you think that the Padres, who occupied last place in the National League West for most of the first half, are essentially predestined to become sellers at or before the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline, well, think again.
The Brewers will play their biggest nine games of the season coming out of the All-Star break, a stretch that could determine whether general manager Doug Melvin is a buyer, a seller or somewhere in-between before the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline.
With the D-backs within striking distance in the NL West, GM Kevin Towers has made it clear he is willing to deal. "I'm open-minded on anybody, everybody," he said.
With the non-waiver Trade Deadline less than three weeks away, the Mets again have relief pitching on their mind. General manager Sandy Alderson could also look to add a right-handed bat and a catcher.
The 43-43 Red Sox need to get hot coming out of the break, otherwise general manager Ben Cherington might be tempted to send away some other veteran pieces and start turning it over to more of the young guys.
Six weeks after having entered June with lucid needs -- bats, bats and more bats -- the Pirates enter the Trade Deadline stretch drive in a somewhat conflicted state.
Braves general manager Frank Wren will continue to evaluate his team's needs leading up to the July 31 Trade Deadline. But as things currently stand, it appears landing a starting pitcher stands as the primary priority.
Rangers general manager Jon Daniels expects significant improvement to his pitching staff by the time the Trade Deadline rolls around.
The Phillies have 15 games to play before the July 31 Trade Deadline, and those games will decide whether they should be buyers or sellers.
The Reds have been at or near the top of the NL Central all year, but have not been able to separate themselves from the pack. In order to close the deal and reach the postseason, general manager Walt Jocketty might need to make a deal.
The Cardinals' run to and through the postseason in 2011 was a ride that likely never would have occurred had general manager John Mozeliak not pulled the trigger on a pair of late July deals.
Sitting 13 games under .500 and 11 games back in the American League Central at the All-Star break, the Twins look primed to be sellers come the July 31 Trade Deadline.
Don't expect the Rockies to make another blockbuster Trade Deadline deal like last year's Ubaldo Jimenez trade with the Indians. However, veterans like Ramon Hernandez and Rafael Betancourt could be moved to contenders in exchange for more youth to add to Colorado's young core.
The Blue Jays have a lot of tough decisions to make in the weeks leading up to this year's non-waiver Trade Deadline, many of which could involve bringing in a quality starting pitcher.
If the Nationals are to bolster their roster this July, it's likely they'll be doing most of the work with players already within the organization. The National League East leaders do not figure to be buyers or sellers at the upcoming Trade Deadline.
While Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein and general manager Jed Hoyer will only say that they listen to offers, the Cubs will likely be among the sellers heading into the July 31 Trade Deadline as they continue to remake the roster.
The Rangers have scouted both Phillies left-hander Cole Hamels and Brewers right-hander Zack Greinke, two pitchers who could be available at the July 31 Trade Deadline. But club sources said the Rangers are not planning at this point to get seriously involved with either pitcher.
Would the D-backs really consider listening to offers for outfielder Justin Upton? According to general manager Kevin Towers, there is no player on the roster he won't talk about.
It may take a lot for the Padres to part with Chase Headley, who went into Friday's game with the Reds hitting .272 with eight home runs, 42 RBIs and a .374 on-base percentage.
No matter what happens in the next few weeks, even if the Phillies become sellers for the first time since the 2006 Trade Deadline, general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said Thursday the team plans on competing in the future.
The Dodgers recently shuffled coverage by their special assignment scouts to target teams that are their most likely partners by the July 31 Trade Deadline.