The MLB trade deadline is just a few days away. The rumor mill has been heating up lately, but we're still at the point where nothing is really happening, and so many teams are stuck in no-man's land, wondering if they should buy, sell, or stay put. The few teams who are sellers will take advantage of an extreme seller's market. I've been writing about this over the weekend, noting the big prices being paid for starting pitching and relief pitching this year.
It's no secret why this is such a seller's market. It's also nothing that is going to change anytime soon. MLB has added additional playoff spots, putting more teams in real competition for the post season. As a result, you've got situations like the one in Tampa, where the Rays have been one of the hottest teams in baseball, and are 4.5 games out of the playoff race, but are two games under .500 and behind five other teams for the second Wild Card spot in the AL.
Rather than chasing a playoff opportunity that has a small pr...
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