The single July 31 trade deadline is now only a little more than two weeks away. There have already been a handful of trades this summer (, , ) and no doubt there are many more to come. Contenders and rebuilders only have a short time to act.
With the trade deadline fast approaching, we here at CBS Sports are going to take a division-by-division look around the league to see which teams are buying, which teams are selling, and which teams might do a little of both. Our venture continues today with the NL Central.
This has easily been the most competitive division in baseball and things could change very quickly in the matter of a few days. We saw something similar happen last year, when the general consensus was that the Pirates — having dealt Andrew McCutchen and Gerrit Cole the previous offseason — would be sellers, but they had an 11-game winning streak as part of a 13-of-15 hot streak going to late July and ended up as buyers. As such, much of what we’ll see below is uncertainty.