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New York Yankees (Buyers): The Yankees are playing winning baseball behind the resurrection of A-Rod, the clutch and power hitting of Mark Teixeira, the ability to score, averaging 4.6 runs a game which ranks 2nd in the American League, the team is 7th in average(.254), 4th in OBP(.323), and 3rd in SLG(.425). The team is 25-16 at home and is 23-24 on the road and only Tampa Bay plays better away(22-18), but worse at home(24-27) in the AL East.
What They Need: Another arm to back up the starting rotation or to come out in long relief, and an outfielder that can stay on the field with any sort of production, between Beltran, Ellsbury, and Young; they need a player that doesn’t know the bench as well as the outfield grass.
Minnesota Twins (Buyers): It’s really refreshing to be talking about WINNING Minnesota baseball. The pitching staff hasn’t been spectacular, but they have been solid, the arise of Kyle Gibson has been very eye opening. Posting a 2.85 ERA over 18 games and even with the really rough month of June, he is still under 3. The twins get Ervin Santana back from suspension, they called up Miguel Sano, who in 11 games so far has hit .378 with a 1.138 OPS 2 HR and 8 RBI’s. The offense is right where it needs to be to win; Ranking 7th in Runs, Hits, Average and Slugging. All Star Glen Perkins is perfect in save situations (28/28) and is posting a 1.21 ERA, 0.83 WHIP, and a 2.25 FIP.
What They Need: The Twins are already trending up within their own dugout, the team is getting healthy and the players seeing playing time are producing. They don’t really need to acquire any heavy talent, the team is very balanced, but I could see them picking up an extra bat to put in the outfield. Plenty at bats for outfielders in Minnesota, and with how good Torii Hunter is in the field, you would like to keep him healthy for the post season push.
Texas Rangers (Sellers): It’s probably head scratching to think of the Rangers being a seller when sitting in 3rd place in the AL West, but the team can’t win at home(16-26) and could move some pieces to make the future more bright. If the team can find ways to stay competitive now, without their ace, 40 moves with the DL, and only 2 hitters batting over .270. The Rangers would benefit now by letting the young talent get experience, get Yu Darvish and Jurickson Profar back next year, make a few trades, and have a solid free agency, the Rangers could be playing for a title next year.
New York Mets (Buyers): The team has been sliding, health isn’t on their side either, but they really have no choice. If they don’t make any kind of push the Nationals will win the NL East in their sleep. The Met’s have an outstanding record at home(32-14) and is pitching absolutely lights out; ranking 3rd in ERA(3.23), 2nd in Walks and hits allowed, 5th in HR, 6th in Strike Outs, and batters are only hitting .239 against them. Jeurys Famila has been the prince of the bullpen; posting a 1.25 ERA, 0.9 WHIP, with an astounding 1.42 ground ball to fly ball ratio. If the Mets can win on the road they will contend as they are only 2 games behind Washington.
What They Need: Hitters, whatever kind of offense that can be plugged in on the corners and make up for the lack of production from the infield. Outside of Duda and Murphy, the Mets are getting really low production from their infielders. It’s not a good sign when 4% of the runs driven in comes from the pitchers. If the Mets make a move, expect them to move an arm for a utility player that can hit and would ideally be able to play 3rd or 2nd.
San Diego Padres (Sellers): A wild card contender after the huge trades made in the off season, the Padres have made no noise and has let a lot of fans down. With the firing of Bud Black, the lack of run support with good pitching and poor pitching during times the offense is hitting, the Padres are ready to move some pieces and use the big trades to try and build something for the future. The division isn’t lost quite yet, but playing behind the 8 ball with the Giants and Dodgers, the Padres should try to cut the suffering down to a minimum and let the team regroup for next year. Upton won’t be a Padre next year, and Matt Kemp is playing almost Robinson Cano like in the first half. It wouldn’t make much sense for San Diego to make a push given their division and how well teams like, Pittsburgh, Chicago, and St. Louis are playing, the wild card seems to be drifting further away down the river.