CineSport—Trade implications are in play as the Yankees host the Red Sox, the Blue Jays host the Tigers and the Mets visit the Diamondbacks. CineSport's Noah Coslov and Sporting News' Anthony Witrado chat.
With the trade deadline approaching, many teams have one last weekend series to figure out if they are buyers or sellers.
Among the expected sellers this year are the Brewers, Diamondbacks, Mets and Marlins. The Brewers and D-backs were looking to build on their successes from 2011 but regressed, while the Mets and Marlins looked to turn the page on a woeful last season, also to no avail.
The Brewers lost Prince Fielder after 2011, but were hoping that LF Ryan Braun could carry the offensive load by himself. The team also assembled a pitching staff that included Zack Greinke, Yovani Gallardo, Randy Wolf and Shaun Marcum.
Greinke is now available on the trade market due to his reluctance to sign an extension and the Brewers deeming themselves out of contention. Milwaukee will look to send Greinke to a contender with the idea that they will get high-level prospects in return.
The Diamondbacks are another team that showed a lot of promise in 2011 and were expected to continue to compete in Manager Kirk Gibson’s second year at the helm.
Injuries have hurt the D-backs badly. SS Stephen Drew just came back from injury after a long stint on the DL and P Daniel Hudson is out until 2013 as he rehabs from Tommy John Surgery.
Another thing that has been nagging Arizona is the mutual unhappiness between team officials and Justin Upton. The 24-year-old has a lot of potential and will be a hot commodity if the Snakes choose to move him. If Upton is traded, expect Arizona to receive a king’s ransom in return for the young star.
In the NL East, among the teams likely to be sellers and trade for prospects to develop for the future are the Mets and the Marlins.
The Mets surprised a lot of people when they stayed in the thick of the race through June, but after interleague play ended they went into their typical second-half decline.
Almost the entire starting lineup spent time on the disabled list. LF Jason Bay has been on the disabled list three times this season. SS Ruben Tejada spent some time on the DL as well. C Josh Thole and 2B Daniel Murphy also had DL stints earlier this year.
Terry Collins has had to make due with an injury-plagued roster, but this team, for all intents and purposes, is out of the 2012 playoff race. They could sell on some high-profile players and bring in future assets to help in 2013 and beyond.
Battling Philadelphia for the cellar dweller distinction in the east is Miami. Management has made two big moves already, sending SS/3B Hanley Ramirez and P Randy Choate to the Dodgers. In another move, the Fish sent P Anibal Sanchez and 2B Omar Infante to Detroit for top pitching prospect Jacob Turner.