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July 21, 2014

Fantasy Freestyle

The MLB Trade Landscape, Buyers

by Mike Gianella


Two weeks ago, I looked at the potential sellers at the major league trade deadline. Today, I will take a look at potential buyers.

The same caveats from my last article apply. What I have compiled for our readers is a helpful, at-a-glance look at the potential trade market this month, particularly from the vantage point of teams that might be adding players. It is not meant to be an all-encompassing guide; it is possible some rumored targets are not listed below. Since this is a fantasy article, I will focus on fantasy impact but if you are a non-fantasy player and a Baseball Prospectus reader I hope this article proves useful to you as well.

I am not predicting who will buy or sell at the deadline but rather looking at teams that are in contention for the second wild card in each league at a minimum and examining what they might do if they decide to sell. Some of these teams might not pack it in for 2015, but are worth looking at in case they do.

Thanks to David Murphy of the Philadelphia Daily News. He put together a handy chart cataloging buyers’ potential needs, and I relied on his research for this piece with his permission.

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

  • Contender Status: 1.5 GB of Athletics in AL West. Seven games ahead of Mariners for second Wild Card.
  • Top Need: Closer
  • Secondary Needs: Starting pitchers
  • Luxury Needs: Lefty relief specialist, extra left-handed bench bat, third baseman
  • Rumored Targets: Huston Street, Ian Kennedy, David Price, Tyson Ross.

In Brief: The Huston Street trade fills a need and further empties an already thin farm system. Another starting pitcher would be ideal, but given the Angels thin farm this could be a luxury item now. The best bet would be targeting a pure salary dump, which won’t bring in the kind of impact arm listed above.

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