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4 Teams Who Could Be Sellers During The MLB Trade Deadline

The MLB regular season is seven weeks old now and teams are beginning to solidify their positions in the standings. This is especially true for teams that will not compete for the postseason.

Through 40 games, teams begin knowing what they are going to be this season. While it remains the middle of May, front offices around the country can begin to plan for the summer. This means whether they decide to buy and attempt to make a run or sell and prepare for 2025.

Below, take a look at four teams that can be potential sellers come the MLB Trade Deadline.

4. New York Mets

It was a slow offseason for the New York Mets. This made fans believe that the front office was punting this season, evaluating young talent, and preparing to load up during the 2025 offseason. The Mets have hovered around .500 and have a favorable portion of the schedule coming up. Once a stretch against the lower half of the league is finished, David Stearns can see where the team stands.

In 2023, the season got away from the Mets and the front office loaded up the farm by trading Max Scherzer and Justin Verlander. This year, Pete Alonso and Jeff McNeil could be trade options if that is the plan once again.

3. St. Louis Cardinals

The St. Louis Cardinals added Sonny Gray, Lance Lynn and Kyle Gibson this offseason in attempts to bolster the starting rotation. This came after a down year in 2023, which resulted in selling off major pieces such as Jordan Montgomery and Paul DeJong. After yet another slow start, especially offensively, the Cardinals could be looking at another fire sale.

The question is, who is on the trading block? It begins with former NL MVP Paul Goldschmidt, who is on an expiring contract. The Cardinals could also move veterans Brandon Crawford and Matt Carpenter but the return would not be significant. The interesting piece remains to be Nolan Arenado. The Gold Glove third baseman still has three years and $74 million on his contract. While he is not expiring, if the team wants to rebuild, moving Arenado could be high on their list. He also holds a no-trade clause and would be able to control where he lands.

2. Los Angeles Angels

Stop us if you’ve heard this before — the Angels are not competitive. Despite featuring Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani for years, the Angels failed to win a postseason series. With Ohtani on the other side of town, the team is not expected to compete for years to come. Of course, that can be changed if moves are made.

Brandon Drury is an intriguing piece that would bring some interest from contending teams. The Angels also have a long list of relievers on short-term deals, such as Matt Moore, Carlos Estévez, Luis García, José Cisnero and Adam Cimber. It is important for Los Angeles to find their next young core that can get this team back into contention.

1. Houston Astros

The Houston Astros find themselves in an unfamiliar place this season — near the bottom of the AL West. After years of buying and competing for World Series titles, the Astros could be going in the other direction.

This begins with Justin Verlander and Alex Bregman. Houston reacquired Verlander from the Mets last year. This option depends on whether or not Verlander can pitch 140 innings this season. If he does, this triggers a $35 million player option. Bregman has been linked to many teams in free agency and could find his new home sooner than later.

Houston could also look to move Kyle Tucker, Framber Valdez and/or Jose Urquidy. All three players have just one year of team control left.


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