Buyers And Sellers For MLB’s Trade Deadline

Padres

‘Slam’ Diego got busy the past 48 hours as they managed to acquire seven different players in that span. They may be five games back of the first place Dodgers, but the expanded playoffs gives them reason to buy. NO ONE wants to see the Padres now. Who would have ever thought.

Blue Jays

More of head scratcher that Toronto decided to buy this year considering we all figure the Yankees to surge when they get their guys back. That leaves two great teams in division. The Yankees and Rays rosters aren’t exactly good reasons to buy, but we have to applaud their effort.

Surprising us all with another move for an arm:

Reds

Makes perfect sense for a team falling behind to make a decision on where this thing needs to go. Cincinnati decided they weren’t giving up on this season, likely because of expanded playoffs and made all the trades they could.

Seeing Archie Bradley and Robbie Ray hit the road leads us to our sellers:

Dbacks

Nothing worked in 2020 for Arizona. From their 5-year, $85 million contract for Mad Bum to the aggressive move for outfielder Starling Marte this off-season. The Dbacks refused to sit around in their filth and decided to blow it up. Better to do this than to deny your fate.

Angels

Mike Trout and the Angels haven’t done anything right in ten years. They have no problem being aggressive every offseason, but simply have no idea how to spend a dollar. The same ole’ story led their front office to unload the past 24 hours:

A failure to address their pitching staff made these sellers too predictable. Never had a chance.

Did nothing:

The Yankees were a team most executives expected to make some noise. Given their injuries, reinforcements were suspected to be on the way, but they never came. New York has shown the days of aggressiveness under George Steinbrenner are long gone.

Written by Gary Sheffield, Jr

Gary Sheffield Jr is the son of should-be MLB Hall of Famer, Gary Sheffield. He covers basketball and baseball for OutKick.com, chats with the Purple and Gold faithful on LakersNation, and shitposts on Twitter. You can follow him at GarySheffieldJr

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