With only six weeks remaining until Major League Baseball's August 1 trade deadline, it's time for another prognostication on which teams will be buying and which teams will be selling.

But instead of simply offering up a boring "buyer" or "seller" designation for each team, we're taking it old school by asking a Magic 8 Ball whether each team will be a buyer at the trade deadline.

OK, no, we didn't actually ask a Magic 8 Ball, but that 20-sided die floating in blue goo had 10 "yes," five "no" and five "ask again later" responses. And that 50/25/25 split is pretty well in line with the current breakdown of buyers, sellers and TBDs.

For the buyers, we've offered an early guess on what they'll be buying.

For the sellers, it's an early guess on who they'll be selling.

And for the teams currently on the fence, we'll talk about why that's the case, and also mention what they might do if they buy and who they could move if they sell.

Teams are listed in alphabetical order.

"Projected Wins" and "Playoff Percentage" for each team are the average of the projections from PECOTA, Baseball Reference, FanGraphs and Team Rankings as of Saturday morning. (Actual records are current through Sunday morning.) Whether a team figures to be buying or selling is based on a combination of those projections and its perceived/historical willingness to spend money:

Arizona Diamondbacks
Current Record: 42-28
Projected Wins: 86.3
Playoff Percentage: 62.6
Magic Eight Ball's Buyer Synopsis: Outlook good.

The forecasting models still haven't bought into the Diamondbacks as a serious threat to win the NL West. As of Friday morning, they were 7.5 games ahead of San Diego, but narrowly behind the Padres in both projected wins and playoff percentage.

Surely this team is on track to be a buyer, though, and it could use an outfielder. The D-Backs have spent most of June starting Jake McCarthy in center and Pavin Smith in right, even though neither one is hitting the ball well or providing any real value.

Arizona could also use another starting pitcher, as none of the young arms have emerged as a reliable third fiddle behind Zac Gallen and Merrill Kelly.


Atlanta Braves
Current Record: 45-26
Projected Wins: 96.6
Playoff Percentage: 98.3
Magic Eight Ball's Buyer Synopsis: Without a doubt.

With Michael Harris II coming around as of late, Atlanta is good on bats. Might look to add a versatile backup who could both provide some injury insurance and occasionally give Matt Olson, Ozzie Albies or Austin Riley a day off, but the starting lineup is in great shape.

Likewise, no worries in the starting rotation, provided Max Fried (July) and Kyle Wright (August) remain on track to return from the 60-day IL well before the postseason begins. With that duo, Charlie Morton, Spencer Strider and Bryce Elder at their disposal, Atlanta almost has too many options for its postseason rotation.

But this team already needed bullpen help before losing its most reliable reliever (Jesse Chavez) to a shin contusion last week. Atlanta will be looking to add relievers. Several of them.