It is officially trade-deadline season when an email message from a general manager should come with the hashtag #chickenlittle: "Market is stupid already."
He does this almost every year about this time, when teams are beginning that six-week-long tete-a-tete that culminates in madness around July 31. Right now, nobody is off-limits (despite what GMs proclaim publicly), every selling team is operating at a massive markup (as they should) and buyers are weighing whether to strike now while the might-be buyers remain undecided (see: Milwaukee dealing for CC Sabathia on July 7, 2008).
Distinguishing which team is which makes this next month-plus the most exciting part of the regular season outside of the playoff push. Separating the 30 teams into five distinct categories is the fairest way to assess where they fall in the trade spectrum.
Sellers: Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, Houston Astros, Miami Marlins, Milwaukee Brewers, Minnesota Twins, New York Mets, Seattle Mariners
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