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MLB Trade Deadline: NL Central

Buyers or Sellers?

Cincinnati Reds– Sellers

  • W-L:     40-61 (5th NL Central)
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MLB.com

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)
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Al Bello / Getty Images

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)
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Jim McIsaac / Getty Images

The Brewers have too many holes throughout the entire organization. The only way to fill those holes is to deal Ryan Braun and Jonathan Lucroy. Jeremy Jeffress and Will Smith are another two pieces many teams have talked about. Anytime looking for some power off the bench, might even go to the Brewers to acquire Chris Carter. The Brewers are full of trade bait.

Pittsburgh Pirates – Buyers

  • W-L:     52-48 (3rd NL Central)
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Darr Beiser / USA TODAY Sports

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)
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G. Flume / Getty Images

I don’t expect much from the Cardinals, maybe a minor trade for a reliever. But for the most part the Cardinals are coming to form, they don’t have too many needs and they’re not willing to give up their long term prospects for a one year boost.

Steven Cardona

Steven Cardona

Steven is an undergraduate student at the University of South Florida who lives in Naples, Florida. At USF, he is studying Business Management. He has an immense love and passion for the game of baseball. He worked with the Fort Myers Miracle in 2014 as a Public Relations intern. In 2016, he continued his work experiences within America's pastime with the New York Mets as an American Culture Instructor at the Mets Academy in the Dominican Republic.
Steven Cardona