With the trading deadline rapidly approaching, let's take a look at some teams, who might look to sell at the deadline.
Notice a trend here with these teams?
Pittsburgh: UNSURE (probably sellers)
-already traded away Nate McLouth, who was their best player
-only 5.5 games out of first place at the moment
-too early to say if the Pirates will trade away any other players after the McLouth backlash
-4 games under .500, but only 5.5 games out of first place
-Jose Valverde could be a very attractive trade chip
-can't say for sure if they will be buyers or sellers yet
-9 games out of first place and 9.5 games out of the wild card
-likely to become sellers if they cannot gain some ground soon
-however, besides Matt Holliday, what pieces do they realistically have to move?
-6 games out of first place, but 5 games out of wild card
-Jarrod Washburn could be a very attractive chip
-Erik Bedard's injury could/should hurt his trade value
-how much longer can they keep pace with the Angels and Rangers?
-think about the future! (SELL, SELL, SELL)
-16 games out of first place, but only 8 out of the wild card
-Eric Byrnes is the only veteran with a absurd contact, who the D-Backs should clamor to move
-potential free agents Doug Davis, Felipe Lopez, and Jon Garland could net a healthy return as well (especially Davis)
-Qualls, Rauch, and Schoeneweis all could be attractive trade chips
San Diego: SELLER (if they have any pieces to move)
-14 games out of first place
-tried to trade Jake Peavy earlier in the season to Chicago, but that deal fell through
-do they have any other tradeable pieces besides Peavy?
-11 games out of first place, but only 3.5 out of the wild card
-Their recent 11 game winning streak sure changed their status from probable sellers to dare I say it....buyers.
-Lots of attractive pieces here: Brad Hawpe, Hutson Street, Jason Marquis
-6.5 games out of first place....9.5 games out of the wild card
-Playing better recently....AL Central is very weak
-might be getting Sizemore back soon....should they hold?
-19 games out of first place, 17.5 games out of the wild card
-what a mess.
-everyone outside of Zimmerman/Zimmermann (for the most part) should be available
-12 games out of first place, 9 games out of the wild card
-Future should be the focus in Baltimore
-get more young pieces!
As you can see, there are so many teams out there right now who are not sure if they will be sellers. The reason is simple: there are so many mediocre teams in baseball this season that almost every team is still in striking distance of the playoffs.