The unofficial first half of the 2023 MLB season comes to a close on Sunday. All teams will hit the All-Star Break with a four-day break, except for the players selected to play in the Midsummer Classic in Seattle.
While the break is a chance to give the players some rest for the final two and a half months of the season, most front offices will be hard at work trying to decide if they are going to be buyers or sellers at the trade deadline. For some teams, that question has already been answered and for some, they need the three weeks following the break to decide.
One team that is clearly a contender is the Texas Rangers. Instead of waiting until the deadline to make a move, they struck early. Texas acquired relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman from the Kansas City Royals in exchange for Cole Ragans and Ronin Cabrera. Chapman has not been the same pitcher he was with the Cincinnati Reds, Chicago Cubs, and New York Yankees, but he’s another arm out of the bullpen that will allow manager Bruce Bochy to mix and match.
Two teams that are barely hanging around a playoff spot in each league are the Boston Red Sox and St. Louis Cardinals. Both teams are sitting in last place in their respective divisions and, in reality, both are going to need somewhat of a minor miracle to be buyers at the trade deadline and should be sellers.
If both teams end up selling, they both have key pieces to sell off that would be valuable additions to teams looking to make a playoff run. Here are trade options both clubs have to sell that can get them something in return.