With less than two weeks until the trade deadline, decisions are going to have to be made by all 30 teams across baseball. Are they going to be buyers, sellers or stuck in the middle and just stand pat? Decisions, decisions, decisions.
The one division with the most questions is the American League East, where all five teams are over .500 and within striking distance of at least a Wild Card spot. Not all five teams can get in and maybe not even four, just three. That is going to make for some very interesting decisions by August 1. Expect all five teams to be active and here is one way that each team can screw up the trade deadline.
Baltimore Orioles can screw up the deadline by not adding a starter
We knew that the Baltimore Orioles were going to be good, we just didn’t see it coming this quickly. They are not only a contender for a Wild Card spot, but they could very well end up winning the division.
At the deadline, they could use a starting pitcher to add to a staff that has been good this season. Shane Bieber, should the Cleveland Guardians look to move him, should be at the top of their list. Paul Blackburn from the Oakland Athletics could also be a sneaky good move as well, which would be a depth move.
Could they use a bat as well? Maybe, but Aaron Hicks has been a nice addition since signing after being DFA’d by the New York Yankees, and Adley Rutschman and Gunnar Henderson have been good at the top of the order. They might be peaking a year early, but there is no reason they should not be going all-in this season with the American League wide open.