Below is a team by team snippet of where each team stands. I address them in current order of the standings. Remember the draft is in one week—don’t expect block buster trades until after that. The trade deadline is 4PM ET, Friday, July 30.
Chicago White Sox—Injuries the Madrigal, Jimenez and Robert have not derailed them. The phenomenon that was Yermin Mercedes appears done. Thus, they might be in the market for a DH. However, Jimenez and Robert might be back before season’s end. I don’t see this team collapsing at the end no like they did last year. I’m pencilling them in as division champion right now.
Cleveland Baseball Team—Like the Rays, injuries to pitchers have made pitching a need if they are going to contend for the playoffs. They always need outfielders, seeing as it’s a need they have not addressed adequately for three years now. Naylor going down with an ankle fracture that required surgery did not help. They just got Franmil Reyes back from injury, but Jose Ramirez is day to day with a hamstring injury. Those can end up nagging for a while, so it bears watching. If he ends up out for an extended period, the most interesting thing about their season might be what they end up naming themselves.
Detroit Tigers—They aren’t ready to contend, probably next year as well as this year. I thus do expect them to be sellers, but do not expect any kind of fire sale. Jonathan Schoop seems to live in the trade rumor mill. Boyd and Grossman might find new homes too.
Kansas City Royals—Some looked at this team’s young pitching staff’s potential and saw a sleeper contender. Instead that staff is taking its lumps. The team appears set to ride with that and chalk it up to learning under fire. They would probably love to trade Jorge Soler and Hunter Dozier, but both have played their value into oblivion. Carlos Santana and Danny Duffy could be moved, and both moves would make Royals fans unhappy.
Minnesota Twins—They get my vote for most disappointing team. They’ve had multiple health issues. They also have the following players who will all be free agents at the end of the season: Nelson Cruz, Andrelton Simmons, Michael Pineda, JA Happ, and Hansel Robles. The Twins will have to make some hard decisions, like giving up on a season in which they thought they could repeat as division champs. Every one of those players could bring back value in trades. Also, Jose Berrios’ name has shown up in trade rumors as the most desirable pitcher not named Scherzer that might become available. Sorry, happytwinsfan. As a Rays fan, I’d like to place an order for Cruz and Berrios, please. (I can dream, can’t I?)