That's right, we're nearly three weeks from the trade deadline. The clock is ticking for contending teams to improve their clubs via trade without the risk of potential swaps being stopped by a waiver claim in August.
Things have been pretty slow so far, which isn't surprising, as only three teams are 10-plus games from a potential wild-card spot (Brewers, Marlins and Phillies). But several GMs have told me they expect things to pick up precipitously over the All-Star break, and there will still be several blockbuster trades made before the deadline. Winning or losing streaks, even short ones, could vastly change things.
Last week I laid out who I feel will be the sellers and what they have to offer. Today I look at the buyers and what -- or who -- they'll be looking for. I've also updated the sellers list and what those teams will be looking to do, as well as a list of the players most likely to be dealt.
With that, here are my "movers and shakers" (teams I expect to make at least one major trade), "tweakers" (teams looking to improve with one or two smaller pieces), teams most likely to stand pat and sellers:
Movers and shakers
1. Houston Astros: Astros GM Jeff Luhnow knows his team is good enough to win the AL West, but he also feels the Angels breathing down his neck. A top-of-the-rotation starter would be just what this team needs to lock down first place and even have a legit shot at winning the AL. I'm told the Astros have had dialogue with every team that has a starting pitching upgrade to offer, and Houston does have the prospects to offer and motivation to deal them