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MLB Trade Deadline: NL East

Buyers or Sellers?

Atlanta Braves– Sellers

  • W-L:     35-67 (5th NL East)
Daniel Shirey / USA Today

Daniel Shirey / USA Today

The Atlanta Braves won’t be huge sellers but they definitely won’t be buyers. Their farm system has gotten great fast. They won’t be moving Freddie Freeman and they won’t be moving Julio Teheran, unless they’re offered a deal that can’t be turned down. They’ll look to bring up prospects across the next couple years, but for now they’ll stand pat. Watch them to trade Nick Markakis.

Miami Marlins – Buyers

  • W-L:     55-47 (2nd NL East)
Steve Mitchell / USA Today Sports

Steve Mitchell / USA Today Sports

The Marlins may have already fulfilled a need. Rumor has it they have acquired Andrew Cashner from the Padres (Reported by ESPN). The Marlins are staying afloat and are closing in on the top wild card spot. Real postseason waves are being surfed in Miami and the Fish don’t want to stop. They have already acquired Fernando Rodney and they’re still looking for another reliever.

New York Mets – Buyers

  • W-L:    53-48 (3rd NL Central)
Neil Miller / NY Post

Neil Miller / NY Post

The banged up Mets are definitely underperforming. They can take this deadline in two directions, completely dismantle this roster and call up some of the farm prospects or they can sell some prospects and boost their first base and catcher situation with solid veterans. With that young rotation being capable of dominance, I’d prefer to see the latter. Go get Jonathan Lucroy.

Philadelphia Phillies  – Buyers

  • W-L:     47-57 (4th NL East)
MLB.com

MLB.com

The Phillies are in a rebuild stage, they’ve done most of the selling already, but players like Jeremy Hellickson are still available. They’re moving forward beyond 2016 and looking to contend for many years to come with a solid youth movement.

Washington Nationals – Buyers

  • W-L:     60-42 (1st NL East)
USA Today

USA Today

Andrew Miller. That is all that needs to be said here. Jonathan Papelbon is gone after the year ends so get yourself a new closer just in time for the playoffs. Bring a title to Washington DC before the chaos of the 2016 Presidential Election strikes.

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