Major League Baseball’s draft is over, so now general managers and club presidents can focus on the decisions of whether to buy or sell before the trade deadline — to add incrementally or go in big, to fully commit to a rebuild, or to just hang on in the hopes of a turnaround and wild-card chase.
Only 46 days remain before the July 31 deadline, and club officials from both leagues offered some thoughts on where specific teams stand:
Ready to buy now
Houston has an enormous lead in the American League West, but the Astros also have developed a monster problem because of their rotation injuries. Even before the season started, the expectation within the industry was that the Astros would add a good rotation piece, more likely someone who they could control beyond the 2017 season. But with Dallas Keuchel, Lance McCullers Jr. and Charlie Morton all out of action, the sense among rival evaluators is that the Astros want to push to jump the market and make a deal. “The need for a starting pitcher is right now,” an AL official said.