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Trade Deadline Stock Watch: Should Each Team Buy, Sell, or Hold?

With Major League Baseball’s July 31st non-waiver trade deadline approaching, should each team buy, sell, or hold as front offices keep an eye on this season and those to come? Find you answers below in this edition of Stock Watch.

The Arizona Diamondbacks should…hold.

Arizona was a team in a position to buy, and they did by acquiring power hitting outfielder J.D. Martinez. This along with their underrated pitching staff makes the Diamondbacks a legit contender in the National League. This team is already good enough to win right now.

The Atlanta Braves should…sell.

As nice as it is that the Braves are hanging around the Wild Card picture, their eyes should be set firmly on the future. Atlanta has a young core that will be ready to succeed in the coming years and the team could benefit from trading guys like Brandon Phillips and Kurt Suzuki to real contenders.

The Baltimore Orioles should…sell.

This is a heartbreaking truth for Baltimore. Their starting pitching is simply not good enough to compete with the rest of the American League and their farm system does not provide any answers. The best solution for the Orioles is to tear down the roster and start from scratch.

The Boston Red Sox should…hold.

Red Sox General Manager Dave Dombrowski is known for trading his assets, but this is a situation in which Boston is clearly good enough to win a World Series already. The Sox should run away with the AL East in the second half and have enough offense, pitching, and bullpen help to bring the title back to Beantown. The acquisition of Eduardo Nunez and rise of Rafael Devers, should avert the need for Boston to seek anymore upgrades.

The Chicago Cubs should…buy.

Yes, the defending champion Cubs need more. Specifically, they need more starting pitching. Jose Quintana may not be enough, and the Cubs should consider moving assets for players such as Justin Verlander or Sonny Gray.

The Chicago White Sox should…sell.

The best strategy for the White Sox is to continue doing exactly what they have been since the Winter Meetings- sell anything and everything. To this point, this maneuvering has landed Chicago with 9 of the top 100 prospects in baseball. The future on the South Side is extremely bright.

The Cincinnati Reds should…sell.

And this includes Joey Votto. This team is actually closer to winning than most realize, and a blockbuster deal for a future Hall of Famer could be exactly what pushes the Reds closer to contention. Also, who wouldn’t love to see Votto playing meaningful ballgames again?

The Cleveland Indians should…hold.

The Indians seem to be finally coming around, led by a resurgence by offseason acquisition Edwin Encarnacion. Cleveland made their big move a year ago in trading for ace reliever Andrew Miller- now, they must win a World Series to vindicate their shortcoming last season.

The Colorado Rockies should…buy.

It started with the acquisition of Pat Neshek. Now it has to continue with the Rockies acquiring a starter like Sonny Gray. However, it’s difficult to see a clear path to that type of trade. Still, the Rockies are good enough to make the postseason as a Wild Card.

The Detroit Tigers should…sell.

Trading Verlander would signal the end of an era for a Tigers team that was capable of winning a championship in its prime. As painful as this might be for Tigers fans, it’s the proper move.

The Houston Astros should…hold. 

Dallas Keuchel’s health permitting, the Astros are clearly the best team in baseball and thus the World Series favorites. Houston has all the makings of a championship team. The only thing left to do is win one.

The Kansas City Royals should…buy.

Since June 1st, the Royals are the second winningest team in baseball, placing them back in the midst of the Wild Card picture. At this point, it makes sense for Kansas City to go all in with a group that is largely set to hit free agency after the season. The Royals are a legitimate threat down the stretch as they go for it all one last time.

The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim should…sell.

If possible. The Angels are in no-man’s land. Not good enough to earn a playoff berth, but not bad enough to warrant a complete overhaul, especially with Mike Trout still on the roster.

The Los Angeles Dodgers should…hold.

Like the Astros, this is the best team in their league. Could this finally be the year that Clayton Kershaw carries the Dodgers to the World Series?

The Miami Marlins should…sell.

Giancarlo Stanton, this means you. Stanton would bring back a massive haul for a team that is obviously not good enough as currently constructed. This would be the easiest way to give the organization a clear sense of direction.

The Milwaukee Brewers should…hold.

Prior to the season, it seemed as though Milwaukee would spend the deadline shopping pieces such as Ryan Braun and Eric Thames. But now, the Brewers are right in the middle of the NL Central race and look to hang with the Cubs deep into September.

The Minnesota Twins should…sell.

Miguel Sano and Max Kepler will lead the Twins to the postseason. Just not this year. Despite Minnesota’s emergence as a feel good story in the first half, it’s time that the Twins prepare for their future.

The New York Mets should…hold.

And at the same time sell. The Mets would be better off for trading veterans with expiring contracts such as Curtis Granderson and Addison Reed, but holding onto important pieces like Jacob deGrom and Jerry Blevins in an effort to win the division next season.

The New York Yankees should…hold.

The 2017 Yankees have already surpassed expectations. There’s no need to sell a potentially dominant future in favor of a run for it today, especially when a move still probably doesn’t make them better than the Red Sox.

The Oakland Athletics should…sell.

Now is the time to cash in on Sonny Gray. He might not be at his peak value, but a contending team will certainly give the A’s plenty of compensation for the right-handed starter.

The Philadelphia Philles should…sell.

Aside from potential stars, the Phillies should be willing to unload anything that could intrigue a contending club. Pat Neshek is already on the move. They must stick to this trend and cash in on potentials pieces to assist in their rebuild.

The Pittsburgh Pirates should…hold.

If everything breaks right, Pittsburgh’s young starting pitching could bring them right back into the playoff picture a year from now.

The San Diego Padres should…sell.

This is the worst team in baseball. If anyone finds something they would be willing to trade assets for on the Padres, San Diego should jump at the offer.

The San Francisco Giants should…hold.

The Giants are too proud of a franchise to sell. San Francisco could receive interesting offers for Johnny Cueto, but they have every right to hold onto him and try to compete next season.

The Seattle Mariners should…buy.

Another starting pitcher would be a great complement to Nelson Cruz and Robinson Cano. The Mariners are more than capable of sneaking into the postseason as a Wild Card team.

The St. Louis Cardinals should…hold.

Like the Giants, the Cardinals have no precedent of selling. The Cardinals should trust their system and make another run at things in 2017.

The Tampa Bay Rays should…buy.

That’s right! Pay close attention to the standings and you’ll realize that the Rays are currently a playoff team- this is not a fluke.

The Texas Rangers should…sell.

It appears as though the Rangers have milked every last ounce of winning out of this group. In return, they could receive an interesting package of prospects.

The Toronto Blue Jays should…sell.

See the Texas Rangers.

The Washington Nationals should…hold.

Washington has already made its move in acquiring a pair of relievers from Oakland. Now, they must focus on winning a World Series championship while Bryce Harper is still around.

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Max is a student at Saint Joseph's University where he is a Communication Studies major. He is a contributing writer for Baseknock MLB and the host of the Payoff Pitch Podcast, which airs every Tuesday morning.

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