Although the 2021 MLB Trade Deadline is still several weeks away, it is never too early to start looking at which teams are going to be buying or selling when the time comes. A lot has changed from the beginning of the season until now. There are teams like the Giants who have exceeded expectations and on the other hand teams like the Yankees who have been extremely inconsistent and underwhelming.
Teams may have entered the season with hopes of buying at the deadline, but to their surprise, have developed into a team looking to sell come July 30. One team that falls below this category would certainly be the Minnesota Twins.
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Built to win their third consecutive AL Central title, the Minnesota Twins have found themselves struggling early in the season, falling 13 games out of first place with an overall record of 24-37. The Twins are perhaps the worst team in baseball with many valuable assets that can help another organization win.
With a plethora of options at pitching, the Twins can deal out ace Jose Berrios or hard-throwing reliever Hansel Robles. Teams looking for power may inquire about veteran slugger Nelson Cruz who just proves time and time again that age is nothing but a number. Lastly, while it may come at a steep price, Byron Buxton can present a team with a whole lot of upside with his ability to get on base and hunt down the ball in the outfield.
Yankees Time to Sell?
There’s no denying that this year’s version of the New York Yankees is severely different from the Yankees team we’ve seen in recent years. From errors in the field to countless strikeouts on offense, the Yankees have found themselves in a deep hole early in the season losing 10 of their last 15 games and having an overall record of 33-29.
Currently, the Yankees are averaging 3.87 runs per game. This is on pace for the fewest runs a game by a Yankees team since 1990. How do they change that? Do they finally sell?
The Yankees haven’t sold at a trade deadline since July 2016, where the Yankees traded dominant left-handed reliever Andrew Miller to the Indians in exchange for four players, including Clint Frazier.
Yankees fans, I am sorry, but I think it’s time to give up on the ideas you have for Gary Sanchez. Season after season, Yankees fans return to the stadium with high expectations for their catcher only to be turned the other way. Solid behind the plate, the Yankees can benefit big selling their catcher.
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The Oakland A’s will certainly be a team looking to buy when the tradeline hits this season. Sitting at first place in the AL West with a 37-26 record, the A’s have one specific area they can improve: shortstop.
The A’s, who are paying the price for not trying to keep superstar shortstop Marcus Semien, must make a big move this coming trade deadline. There’s no better option than acquiring Colorado Rockies reliable shortstop Trevor Story.
Story has been telling friends that he will not be returning to Colorado in free agency and with at least a $250 million paycheck up in the air, the Rockies haven’t exactly gone out of their way in negotiating to keep him. Story would fit perfectly with the A’s and provide an immediate boost to an already rocking offense.
New York Mets:
No other fan base experiences the weekly amount of pain that a Mets fan endures. Too many times throughout deGrom’s career has he pitched a gem only for it to wind up in a loss. Since 2018, deGrom has a 2.07 ERA, yet the Mets are 36-41 in his starts.
It’s time for that to change, especially in his best season coming right now. The Mets can’t afford to waste their ace’s production throughout the season, and reliever Edwin Diaz hasn’t provided much comfort for the team or fans.
New Mets owner Steve Cohen has already addressed his willingness to acquire a big name, snagging Lindor this past offseason. Attacking the relief market this trade deadline will serve big for the Mets ability to go deep into the playoffs this season. Someone like Josh Hader from the Brewers can make the Mets a much more favorable contender for the World Series.
July 30 is the most active day surrounding the MLB. Trades happening every minute, make sure you have your MLB notifications turned on as you are not going to want to miss out on any of the action.