We're a week away from the non-waiver trade deadline, and we still don't know who the Braves might ship in a deal. There have been rumors that it could be infielders Chris Johnson, Juan Uribe or reliever Jim Johnson. But perhaps the strangest buzz out right now is that 24-year-old right hander Julio Teheran could be available. Trading young pitching seems counterintuitive for a club that is supposedly a 'seller' at the deadline, so it'd be interesting to see how much the Braves could fetch for him -- if he's indeed there to be had.
There's no doubting that the Marlins are sellers, and they have enough attractive pieces to net something meaningful in return. But at the moment, the trade buzz mostly is around starter Dan Haren and centerfielder Marcell Ozuna. Hearing latter's name in trade rumors is a bit surprising, seeing as how the club was trying to sign the 24-year-old to a long term extension back in spring training, and is perceived to still have plenty of upside. But despite a down season, if other teams value him just as highly then perhaps there's a case to be made to deal him now if there are quality prospects up for grabs. The only question is if another club would actually be willing to part with something substantial for a player without a proven major league track record.
NEW YORK METS
The Mets, coming off a disappointing series loss to the Nationals, are still in the market for another bat as they make a push for the playoffs. They've been linked to just about every hitter available: From Justin Upton to Carlos Gomez to Ben Zobrist, it seems like the no stone will go unturned when looking to boost their lineup. While New York definitely needs help offensively, it doesn't seem like the team is really prepared to "go all in" this season and part with big prospects for a rental. But being only three games out of a playoff spot near the end of July is enticing, so you wonder if the Mets might do an about-face and risk a little more than they originally wanted to.
The trade deadline means it's the Phillies' time to shine. At least, that's what their fanbase is hoping for. The club will enter next week hoping to end the longstanding will-he-stay-or-will-he-go saga of lefty Cole Hamels. And according to a few reports, they've already begun the process, talking to the Chicago Cubs about a deal for the Philly ace. But apparently, the Phillies aren't in love with the offers they've been given so far, so nothing is a foregone conclusion. Are they really prepared to extend this situation again if trade talks fall through the next week? And what about closer Jonathan Papelbon? It's clear he wants to be gone as soon as possible, but according to reports, the Phillies haven't made headway on a deal to ship him elsewhere.
So for all that's gone wrong in Philly this season -- and it's been pretty bad -- if they can't close a deal on either Hamels or Papelbon in the next week, things are going to get a lot worse before they get better in the City of Brotherly Love.