MLB Trade Deadline Buyers or Sellers: NL West

Max Muncy, Cody Bellinger Los Angeles Dodgers

Will the bottom NL West teams still look to sell?

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Over the last few weeks, the NL West has taken a very interesting turn. The Los Angeles Dodgers still have a massive double-digit lead in the division, but the other four teams and all within five games of a wild card spot. Could a few of those teams avoid selling this month?

Los Angeles Dodgers – Buyers

The Dodgers really don’t need to do much. Their 67-35 record is the best in baseball and there are very few holes on the roster. Should the team decide to make a move, the bullpen could use a bit of depth. While the team leads all of baseball with a stellar 3.34 staff ERA, the bullpen’s ERA ranks ninth with a 4.07 mark. That’s still fairly strong, but it might be the one area where the Dodgers need any sort of improvement. They have four top-100 prospects, including two catchers, Will Smith and Keibert Ruiz. One of them could be expendable to bring in a big-name bullpen piece such as the other Will Smith or Edwin Diaz.

Arizona Diamondbacks – Sellers

If the Arizona Diamondbacks decide to sell they have several solid pieces to move. Teams have expressed interest in ace Zack Greinke, but Arizona likely won’t be sending him anywhere. However, strikeout machine Robbie Ray could be on the move. He earned a top-10 NL Cy Young finish in 2017 and owns an elite 11.7 K/9 since the start of 2016. Closer Greg Holland has been strong for most of the season and is on an expiring deal, making him another good trade candidate. Finally, a pair of outfielders, Adam Jones and Jarrod Dyson, could make for great bench bats or platoon hitters on a contending team.

San Francisco Giants – Sellers

Despite an impressive run that’s brought the team back to .500, the San Francisco Giants still understand they need to sell off pieces. The biggest name available will be Madison Bumgarner, who currently sits at the top spot on the BIGPLAY Top-30 Trade Assets list. The 29-year-old lefty struggled early in the season but owns a stellar 1.55 ERA and 34:5 K:BB over his last five outings. Beyond their ace, the Giants may also look to set fire to the bullpen with Smith, Sam Dyson, Tony Watson, and Mark Melancon all looking like good trade candidates with current or former experience as setup men and closers. With just two top-100 prospects, San Francisco needs to build for the future now.

Colorado Rockies – Stand Still

The Colorado Rockies disappointing 2019 has put them in a pretty tough position. At 47-52, the team certainly won’t be adding at the deadline for a playoff run. However, they really don’t have many pieces to move. Charlie Blackmon, Nolan Arenado, and Trevor Story are all under control for several seasons and will give the Rockies the ability to compete during that time. The team’s pitching staff is a mess, registering a 4.96 ERA, good for 25th in the league. The only starter that may garner interest is Jon Gray, but Colorado doesn’t have much to replace him with to compete in the near future.

San Diego Padres – Sellers

Similar to Colorado, the San Diego Padres have fallen short of expectations and found themselves in a murky deadline situation. Good news for San Diego though, there are a few pieces that can get flipped by the end of the month. The team has said that they’ll listen to offers on Kirby Yates but don’t anticipate moving him. He likely won’t be traded this season, but is he is, Padres fans can expect a pretty large haul in return. Craig Stammen could be a pretty cheap depth piece in a contending bullpen as well. Also, if the Padres can find someone to take on Wil Myers’ hideous contract, they should absolutely jump on that.

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