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Every MLB Team's Ideal Trade Scenario Heading Into July

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As the July 31 trade deadline comes closer, we will soon find out who are the buyers, who are the sellers, and which teams are doing a little bit of both to get better. Let's take a look at what each team (grouped by division) can do to improve.

Baltimore Orioles

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Baltimore Orioles

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The O's could use a little bit more starting pitching and another bat in the lineup. Keep an eye on any second basemen available, for the Orioles could either promote Steve Lombardozzi or go after a Gordon Beckham-type player to anchor down the infield.

Boston Red Sox

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Boston Red Sox

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All indications are the Red Sox will be sellers. Look for the team to clear out pitchers like Jake Peavy and/or Jon Lester, and possibly shake loose some outfielders to give players like Xander Bogaerts, Will Middlebrooks, Brock Holt and Mookie Betts some more playing time.

New York Yankees

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New York Yankees

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The acquisition of Brandon McCarthy tells you what this team is thinking: pitching, pitching and more pitching. Injuries to C.C. Sabathia and Michael Pineda have decimated this team, and more pitching (and perhaps another bat) could help the Yankees stay afloat. However, the Yankees' struggles begin and end on the mound.

Tampa Bay Rays

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Tampa Bay Rays

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All eyes are on the Rays to see whether or not David Price is dealt prior to the deadline. However, the Rays' late surge could keep Price in a Tampa uniform until the end of this year. If the Rays make a trade, look for them to follow the formula of grabbing top prospects for ace players, much like they did when James Shields was dealt to Kansas City for Wil Myers.

Toronto Blue Jays

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Toronto Blue Jays

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Toronto wants another starting pitcher to go with the tandem of R.A. Dickey and Mark Buehrle, although a second baseman may also be in order. Nolan Reimold was acquired off waivers from Baltimore, a move that the Orioles could regret. For now, the Jays need pitching to keep pace.

Chicago White Sox

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Chicago White Sox

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The White Sox are likely sellers at this time, with Gordon Beckham the most likely candidate to go since Marcus Semien projects as the team's second baseman of the future. Alexei Ramirez has also been mentioned as trade bait, but I can't see the White Sox getting rid of one of their top stars. He and Jose Abreu are the cornerstones for the future.

Cleveland Indians

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Cleveland Indians

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The Indians made a move already when they acquired Chris Dickerson to serve as a backup outfielder in the absence of injured Michael Bourn. Nick Swisher could head to another team looking for a boost at first or at DH, but that isn't likely as Swisher has struggled this season and wouldn't command much in a trade. The injury of Justin Masterson suggests that a starter might be in order.

Detroit Tigers

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Detroit Tigers

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One word: Bullpen. Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski's Achilles' heel has been relief pitching, and he thought closer Joe Nathan could heal the wound. Nathan has been alright but not lights-out, prompting the Tigers to seek relief pitching. Other areas of interest may include an extra bat for the lineup, but the mound is the main focus.

Kansas City Royals

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Kansas City Royals

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The Royals may go after another starting pitcher to keep pace with Detroit, as the everyday lineup is set for the most part. Third base could be a wildcard if something opens up, as Mike Moustakas hasn't set the world on fire and Danny Valencia doesn't strike fear into the hearts of many. Look for Kansas City to try and buy a bit more time in the race.

Minnesota Twins

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Minnesota Twins

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Players like Josh Willingham and Kurt Suzuki could be trade bait for the Twins, especially if the team can get some pitching back in return. Right now, Ricky Nolasco's acquisition looks like an expensive mistake, prompting the team to go into sell mode and acquire more prospects for the future.

Houston Astros

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Houston Astros

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Don't look for the Astros to do much of anything at the deadline, especially because the team is building toward a potential long-term payoff. About the only player who could be a potential trade target is Scott Feldman, who could provide a team wanting pitching. Otherwise, the roster is young and still gathering steam.

Los Angeles Angels

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Los Angeles Angels

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The Angels think they have enough in the tank hitting-wise, especially with prospects like C.J. Cron and Grant Green gaining strength. Look for the team to concentrate on pitching, most likely in the bullpen to aid newly-acquired Jason Grilli. If the team can grab a starter, great, but they need relief help more.

Oakland Athletics

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Oakland Athletics

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If the A's can acquire an outfielder to help bolster their offense, they will do so, especially since Josh Reddick has been hurt off and on. However, they already have what they wanted the most, and that is lots of pitching. Their ideal trade scenario was realized by acquiring Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel.

Seattle Mariners

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Seattle Mariners

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The failure of high-profile prospects like Justin Smoak and Nick Franklin to catch fire suggests more work is needed to put bats in the lineup, and the Mariners may use a pitching prospect like Erasmo Ramirez to do just that. Taijuan Walker may be expendable as well if the price is right as the team attempts to build around a 1-2 punch of Felix Hernandez and Hisashi Iwakuma.

Texas Rangers

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Texas Rangers

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A lost season means that the Rangers are sellers for the first time in a long while. Some of the team's potential chips include Joakim Soria and Alex Rios as the team tries to rebuild a decimated starting rotation. Anything that helps the Rangers improve pitching will be high on the list.

Atlanta Braves

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Atlanta Braves

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The Braves could use another bat to make up for the under-producing Upton brothers, but right now Atlanta's biggest need seems to be a reliever in the bullpen to help pave the way for Craig Kimbrel. Look for Atlanta to zero in on outfield and pitching as the Braves' areas of interest before July 31.

Miami Marlins

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Miami Marlins

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The Marlins have surprisingly stuck around all season despite the loss of ace pitcher Jose Fernandez, and many expect another fire sale in Miami. A more likely scenario has the Marlins standing firm or possibly unloading a player like Casey McGehee to stockpile more prospects. Giancarlo Stanton is expected to stay put as the Marlins build around the star.

New York Mets

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New York Mets

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If it would bring the Mets some prospects for the future, the team would likely part ways with Daniel Murphy and Bartolo Colon. The Mets have Wilmer Flores, the second baseman of the future, ready to go, and Colon's hot first half has generated plenty of interest. Don't look for too much action.

Philadelphia Phillies

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Philadelphia Phillies

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This could be the year where several core players are jettisoned and the rebuilding process begins. The Phillies would like to rid themselves of high salaries like Jonathan Papelbon, Cliff Lee and possibly Cole Hamels, and prospects like Darin Ruf and Maikel Franco are waiting in the wings. Any trades that could bring high-upside prospects to Philly are welcome.

Washington Nationals

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Washington Nationals

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A potential scenario involves Ian Desmond or Danny Espinosa being dealt away for the right prospects, mainly because Desmond has rejected a contract extension and appears destined to head elsewhere. The Nationals would do well to acquire another starter to go with Stephen Strasburg and help take some heat off the young star.

Chicago Cubs

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Chicago Cubs

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It's all about waiting in Chicago. The trade of Samardzija and Hammel to Oakland brought back pitcher Dan Straily and shortstop Addison Russell, who has even more upside than present SS Starlin Castro. Anyone with a decent bat and a short future in Chicago is trade bait, but this team could look quite dangerous in a few years.

Cincinnati Reds

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Cincinnati Reds

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The big question is whether Brandon Phillips could be flipped at the deadline, because the team hasn't had any luck signing him to an extension. If the Reds decide to stay in the race, look for them to go out and get another bat for first base due to an injury to Joey Votto.

Milwaukee Brewers

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The emergence of Scooter Gennett at second base has made Rickie Weeks and his $12 million salary expendable, but the catch is Milwaukee has the division lead. Milwaukee can have it both ways by unloading Weeks in exchange for another bat, or possibly even a pitcher to help bolster the Yovani Gallardo-Matt Garza rotation.

Pittsburgh Pirates

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Pittsburgh Pirates

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Don't look for Pittsburgh to do too much at the deadline. Some things, like prospect Jameson Taillon's pitching injury, are beyond the team's control, so if anything, the Pirates will try and preserve what is there and maybe jettison one or two veteran salaries.

St. Louis Cardinals

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St. Louis Cardinals

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Although Jake Peavy has been the subject of trade talks, the Cardinals need a bat or two more than anything. The offense has slumped this season, and this means you might see Gordon Beckham in St. Louis (or another second baseman, for example). Anything that helps protect the rookies like Kolten Wong, Oscar Taveras and Stephen Piscotty will be appreciated.

Arizona Diamondbacks

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Arizona Diamondbacks

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The Diamondbacks are likely in sell mode, with players like Martin Prado and Aaron Hill the most likely candidates to go elsewhere. Arizona is rebuilding and retooling its roster, and if the DBacks can get prospects to go along with ace players like Paul Goldschmidt, they will do just fine.

Colorado Rockies

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Colorado Rockies

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Owner Dick Monfort has already said Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez are off limits despite the team's bad start. With prospects like WIlin Rosario, Corey Dickerson and Nolan Arenado already in Denver, the likelihood is that Colorado won't part with anyone that would potentially undermine the foundation for future growth.

Los Angeles Dodgers

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Los Angeles Dodgers

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With a large payroll, the Dodgers want to stay in the race, but the reality is that they have some areas they could tweak without causing the team to fall apart. A crowded outfield could thin out if the Dodgers traded a player like Matt Kemp or Andre Ethier for some help elsewhere, or even for another pitcher or two.

San Diego Padres

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San Diego Padres

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The search for a new GM has complicated issues in San Diego, which appears to be in solid sell mode. Carlos Quentin, Cameron Maybin and Chase Headley could bring other players in from other teams, although Maybin's bat has made him a less desirable trade chip. Quentin and Headley's trades could bring some much-needed prospects to the Padres.

San Francisco Giants

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San Francisco Giants

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One of the biggest surprises has been the emergence of the Giants as a legitimate NL West threat once again. For this reason, expect the Giants to go after a pitcher at the deadline, or at least bolster a thin outfield. Closer is a possibility as well since the team demoted Sergio Romo.