By Timothy Downs @Tidow1212 on June 24, 2014
Most teams in MLB have played about 75 games thus far in 2014, and as we approach the halfway mark, it is worth analyzing which teams really have a chance at the postseason as constituted, and which could use an addition or two to help bolster their roster. Here are five teams that need a blockbuster deal before the trade deadline.
Timothy Downs is a writer for RantSports.com. You can follow him on Twitter @Tidow1212.
Despite key injuries throughout the season to big-time players including closer Aroldis Chapman and slugger Joey Votto, the Cincinnati Reds have fought through adversity and find themselves at 38-37 currently. The NL Central is tough, but if the Reds' front-office can make a deal for a bat, their pitching staff should be formidable enough for a playoff run.
At 41-33, there is no doubt the Angels are having fun again after floundering in the AL West the past few seasons despite their hefty payroll and star power. Their offense should be fine, but they could really use another top-line starting pitcher (such as David Price) if they want to make a legitimate run at a division title now and beyond this season.
The Atlanta Braves have overcome some devastating season-long injuries to their pitching staff to keep themselves in contention at 38-37, but they are scoring runs at an impossibly inadequate rate (268, with only San Diego worse at 231), which is not going to get it done during the stretch run. They desperately need to trade for an impact bat.
Much like the Atlanta Braves, the New York Yankees have been riddled with injuries to their pitching staff, and Joe Girardi has done a spectacular job keeping morale high with a 39-36 record. However, patching a rotation together is not a plan for sustainment when the postseason is concerned, and they must make a trade for Cubs SP Jeff Samardzija or someone similar to stay in the race.
The Kansas City Royals are 40-36 and keeping pace with the Detroit Tigers in a mediocre AL Central this season. The Royals have not made the playoffs since 1985, and if they want to put an end to their brutal 28-season playoff drought, they could use an influx of offense. Chase Utley could be a perfect fit at 2B, and the club should keep their eye on whomever they deem the best outfielder available if they have designs on making a playoff run.
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