The trade deadline is fast approaching, as we are now less than one week away from time expiring on trade season.
The official deadline is Tuesday, August 1 at 6 p.m. Eastern Time.
Several teams are on the fence with what they are going to do.
Teams such as the Los Angeles Angels, Chicago Cubs, Cleveland Guardians, Boston Red Sox, San Diego Padres, and New York Mets are teams to watch as the rest of the month plays out.
Many of those teams are expected to sell.
However, they all won on Tuesday night, and MLB writer Jon Heyman points out that this could complicate matters, as some of them may ultimately decide not to sell.
Very bad day for the trade deadline: Bubble teams Angels (Ohtani, Renfroe, Moore), Cubs (Stroman, Bellinger, Hendricks), Padres (Snell, Hader, Soto), Mets (Robertson, Verlander-Scherzer), Red Sox (Paxton) and Guardians (Civale) all won and are thus slightly less likely to sell
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) July 26, 2023
The Cubs are an interesting case here.
They were expected to move both Cody Bellinger and Marcus Stroman, with Kyle Hendricks also being a potential trade candidate.
However, the North Siders have found themselves back in postseason contention.
They’ve won seven of their last 10 and are on a four-game winning streak.
Chicago has even come to within six games of first place in the NL Central and five games in the Wild Card race.
The Angels could potentially look to trade Shohei Ohtani while his value is high.
However, they have now won seven of their last 10 and are just 3.5 games back in the Wild Card race.
If things continue to trend upwards for several of these teams, it’s possible that they may decide not to sell, as Heyman alluded to in his tweet.
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