3 Teams That Should Be Sellers at MLB Trade Deadline (Angels Should Give Up Already)

Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Shohei Ohtani (17)
Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Shohei Ohtani (17) / Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

The MLB trade deadline is the most significant trade deadline in all of sports. It is when teams clearly decide to push their chips to the middle of the table, or to fold on the season. Sure, there are a few teams that toe-the-line and buy a little and maybe sell off an expiring player or two, but for the most part it is time to decide if you’re in or you’re out. 

That’s why how teams perform leading up to the deadline is so much more important. In 2018 the Pirates had an 11-game winning streak just before July 31 and ended up trading away their future for Chris Archer. Other teams will have slides right before the deadline and give up on a good team. 

Here are three teams that should be looking to sell off their assets at the deadline, along with their latest World Series odds at WynnBET.

MLB Trade Deadline Sellers

  • Boston Red Sox (+6000)
  • San Francisco Giants (+6000)
  • Los Angeles Angels (+50000)

Boston Red Sox (49-50)

I mentioned how a losing streak or a winning streak at the deadline can be misleading, but sometimes they reveal the team for what it is. The Red Sox are 2-8 in their last ten games including a 28-5 loss to Toronto. Boston’s total payroll is over 200 million and the team is 49-50 and in last place in the AL East. 

Xander Bogaerts and J.D. Martinez are both in the final year of their contracts and while Bogaerts isn’t expected to be moved, the Red Sox could part with J.D. Martinez. Buster Olney believes that the designated hitter is going to be available. 

San Francisco Giants (48-50)

The Giants have not won a game since the All-Star break and like Boston, they have revealed themselves as pretenders. Even with the expanded Wild Card this season, it does not seem like San Francisco has a path to compete for a championship. The Giants do have a few intriguing trade pieces, like Joc Pederson or even Carlos Rodon, who would likely be the best pitcher on the market. 

Los Angeles Angels (42-56)

This feels incredibly obvious to list the Angels as sellers at the deadline, but what I’m talking about is more serious than just moving off of a few expiring contracts. I am sick and tired of the best two players in baseball wasting away on a listless, mismanaged, underachieving Angels franchise.

Shohei Ohtani will be a free-agent in 2024 and will be expecting a massive pay raise. The Angels already have a payroll of around $200 million and more than half of that will be tied up in three players if they retain Shohei Ohtani. Anthony Rendon and Mike Trout combine for over 70 million dollars annually right now and Ohtani is worth more. 

It is time to give up and rebuild. Not only by trading Ohtani, but to seriously consider a Mike Trout trade -- either this deadline or in the offseason. 

Frankly, the Angels do not deserve that much talent if they can’t even make the Wild Card game.

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