By Illya Harrell on July 22, 2014
The MLB trade deadline is -- besides Opening Day -- the most exciting part of the regular season. It's not so fun for fans of teams dubbed "sellers," but turn that frown upside down because your team is dumping salary and building for the future. Here is a list of five teams who will be top sellers in 2014.
By default, anytime a team is fielding deadline offers for one of the best pitchers in baseball they automatically qualify. That is precisely what the Tampa Bay Rays are doing by semi-shopping their ace, David Price. The top two contenders in the Price sweepstakes are the Seattle Mariners and the St. Louis Cardinals.
The Texas Rangers will be very active as July 31 approaches. Outside of Yu Darvish, anyone is available at the right price. Alex Rios and Joakim Soria will each bring a nice return and Soria is heavily rumored to be headed to Detroit. They've already moved one decent middle reliever in Jason Frasor and will likely trade lefty middle reliever Neil Cotts before the deadline.
Colorado owns the worst record in the NL. Their pitching is so bad "rumors" of a Troy Tulowitzki deal have floated around the league. If they want to improve their pitching in 2015, they will need to part with some of their jumbo offense. Carlos Gonzalez could be headed to a team in need of a left fielder. Cincinnati is a possibility, and they have two front-line pitching prospects.
The Cubs have been the most active team during the trading season, acquiring stud shortstop prospect Addison Russell in the blockbuster Jeff Samardzija deal. Before he took the job, Cubs GM Theo Epstein said a massive rebuild was in order. Adding Russell makes Starlin Castro expendable, and he might be on the move before the deadline. The Cubs are actively shopping left-handed relievers Jeff Russell and Wesley Wright.
Phillies GM Ruben Amaro has all but declared a Philadelphia fire sale. Their elderly roster is overpaid, and Amaro has stated he is willing to eat salary for top-tier prospects. The Phils have some nice talent to help contenders down the stretch. Players most likely to be dealt include Cliff Lee, Cole Hamels, Chase Utley and Jonathan Papelbon.
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