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MLB Trade Deadline: NL Central
- Updated: July 29, 2016
Buyers or Sellers?
Cincinnati Reds– Sellers
- W-L: 40-61 (5th NL Central)
The Reds have made it clear Jay Bruce is on the trade block. Bruce may be one of the best bats on the market, however the amount of solid outfielders in the market is also high. This only means the Reds may get a little less than hoped. Cincy wants to start over and even move Brandon Phillips, but that would be pending his no-trade clause. The Reds are definitely sellers.
Chicago Cubs – WINNERS
- W-L: 61-40 (1st NL Central)
I know this is only a buyers and sellers, but the Cubs already won the deadline. The Cubs acquired Aroldis Chapman from the Yankees, giving up plenty of their prospects including Gleyber Torres (#1 overall prospect). Even if the Yankees won this deal long term, the Cubs have made their post season chase legitimate. They are the team to beat– stand pat and win the Fall Classic.
Milwaukee Brewers – Sellers
- W-L: 44-56 (4th NL Central)
Pittsburgh Pirates – Buyers
- W-L: 52-48 (3rd NL Central)
The Pirates won’t be making major moves. But don’t count them out on Rich Hill. They wouldn’t be afraid to dump a top minor league bat to bolster that rotation and get them into the playoffs. Other than that, they’ll stand pat. They’ve already brought their top pitching prospects so they’re not hesitant to continue doing so.
St. Louis Cardinals – Buyers
- W-L: 55-47 (2nd NL Central)