There are only 18 days until the MLB trade deadline, and with the second half of the season starting today, it’s time to take a fresh look at where all 30 teams stand.

The past several days have been relatively quiet on the trade front because front offices have been focused on the MLB Draft. Now that it is in the rear-view mirror, general managers and presidents of baseball operations can focus their attention squarely on the Aug. 1 trade deadline.

There are still a wide range of possibilities for this trade deadline. It could end up anywhere between a “dud” (for those of us who like trades) and one of the more exciting deadlines in recent memory, especially if the Angels change course and make what I think would be a smart move (given their situation) to trade Shohei Ohtani, or if the Mets decide to deal Justin Verlander and/or Max Scherzer, or if the Padres opt to punt on this season, reverse course from a year ago and consider trading Juan Soto.

So there could be a lot of drama ahead — or not. As of today, though, looking at all the teams across the league, I see 19 “buyers,” eight “sellers,” and three teams that are “in between” (they could go either way or buy and sell). Keep in mind these categories are fluid and not rigid definitions. We likely will see some buyer-to-buyer type trades. And if some teams collapse or get hot after the All-Star break, their approach to the deadline could completely change.

Here’s a snapshot as we come out of the break, with a look at each team’s needs, what I’m hearing in conversations with front-office decision-makers, and my views on what moves some teams should make.



1. Atlanta Braves

60-29, first place in NL East

The Braves have the best team in the National League and don’t have to make any moves at the trade deadline. The anticipated returns of lefty Max Fried and righty Kyle Wright will provide a huge boost to the rotation. The Braves are hoping to get Fried back from the injured list within two to three weeks; Wright has not yet begun a rehab assignment, so it’ll probably be closer to September. If the Braves do make moves, expect them to be smaller in nature. They could use a right-handed-hitting left fielder with plus defense, so perhaps a reunion with Adam Duvall makes sense, if they can strike a deal with the Red Sox. Also, don’t be surprised if they try to add some bullpen and/or starting pitching depth as well. That said, standing pat and not changing anything in that locker room could end up being the best play.