5 MLB Teams That Will Be Sellers This Trade Deadline

5 MLB Teams That Will Be Sellers This Trade Deadline

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Based on how this season has turned out and if they have tradable assets, there are a select number of teams that will be shipping several players elsewhere this July. For sellers, the name of the game is packaging prospects in return for star and role players. These five teams will try to get those prospects in return for several different players that buying teams think can put them over the top.

5. San Diego Padres

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5. San Diego Padres

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Potential Trade Pieces:

OF Seth Smith
3B Chase Headley
RHP Huston Street

The Padres have a little bit of everything on the market. Smith would be a solid role player for any contender while Headley or Street could be difference makers for their new clubs.

4. Chicago Cubs

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4. Chicago Cubs

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Potential Trade Pieces:

RHP Jeff Samardzija
RHP Jason Hammel
OF Nate Schierholtz
3B Luis Valbuena
2B Darwin Barney

There are plenty of Cubs who could be on the move, but their top two pitchers are obviously at the top of that list. The success of this trade deadline for the Cubs will be determined by the prospects they get in return for those two guys.

3. Tampa Bay Rays

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3. Tampa Bay Rays

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Potential Trade Chips:

LHP David Price
IF/OF Ben Zobrist

The two players most likely to be traded by the Rays are some pretty big names. They aren't where they thought they'd be in the division race, and now they have to move into a mini rebuild. Price is the biggest name on the market while Zobrist could be a great contributor on a winning team right away.

2. Texas Rangers

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2. Texas Rangers

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Potential Trade Pieces:

RHP Joakim Soria
3B Adrian Beltre
OF Alex Rios

The Rangers certainly didn't figure to be this far out of contention at this point, and as a result, they might have a fire sale on some of their top players. Beltre could potentially be the best bat available while Soria could bolster a contender's bullpen instantly.

1. New York Mets

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1. New York Mets

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Potential Trade Pieces:

2B Daniel Murphy
LHP Jonathon Niese

The Mets actually have a really good future outlook with plenty of young pitching ready to contribute at the big league level. However, they need to add some young bats as well. They could do exactly that by dealing Murphy, who has been playing at an All-Star level, as well as one of their non-cornerstone pitchers.

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