Blue Jays: Get a Weight Starter
Considering the offensive might of this team and how committed they are in 2021, reaching the postseason seems like a requirement. But they need more pitching.
Orioles: Giving Fans Hope for 2022
The Orioles have had big moments this year, but next season will be the fourth of the rebuilding. Eventually, followers will want to see progress. That moment seems to come. For example, prospect Adley Rutschmann has a .921 OPS in Double-A. Taking a look at it would be nice.
The Rays surprised everyone by reaching the World Series last year. Another chance to lift the trophy would be special.
Red Sox: Chris Sale’s health comeback
The Red Sox have been one of the surprises of the season. And they have done it without their ace. If Sale comes back strong, watch out.
Sure, there have been injuries, but hey, in what universe did you imagine the Yankees lineup would be hitting like this? They are the 12th in runs scored in the AL! You better get the rhythm before heads start to roll.
Cleveland: Compete for the divisional title
A recent bump by the Indians has put the White Sox in a good position to wipe out the division. Cleveland is the only one that could complicate them.
Real: Show reasons to continue with this group
You’ve got to like the Royals’ strategy last offseason, reaching out for help and paying their stars. It has not worked. What will happen now?
Tigers: Keep leaving the table served
Don’t look now, but the Tigers have proven to be a decent team for close to a month. The next step for the long-term team is to get everything ready for 2022. The Tigers are barely warmed up.
Twins: Get rid of the bad taste in your mouth
The first half was a nightmare for the Twins. It is still a talented team, and it will be like that in 2022. But you have to give up something to build; one or two changes to the deadline will help.
White Sox: All healthy
The White Sox have suffered major injuries all year and remain on track for the division title. They will need everyone in the postseason, including Eloy Jiménez and Luis Robert of Cuba.
Angels: Count on Mike Trout and see what happens
The Angels, unbelievably, are 5 ½ games behind the AL’s second Wild Card. Everything, without its star. (Well, his other star). Can they take off with Trout’s return? Will he be able to pitch too?
Athletics: Acquire Trevor Story
The change makes a lot of sense. It’s so obvious that it’s hard to believe it hasn’t happened yet. It’s probably time, now that the Astros are starting to peel off.
Astros: Erase Memories of Last Year
It may seem strange that the Astros have to erase the memory of a season in which they reached the LA Championship Series, but they did so with a negative record and with the objective on their back, after the scandal of the robbery of signs.
Sailors: Keep an eye on the main objective
That they are exceeding expectations this year may mean a change in culture, something they seek to maintain as their best prospects arrive in the big leagues.
Rangers: Change Who They Can
Looks like the time has come for a rebuild in Arlington. There are many player options to be traded, including Kyle Gibson and Joey Gallo.
Braves: Try to survive to the end
All teams have suffered injuries this year, but arguably the Braves never expected to have to fight without Ronald Acuña Jr. They are closer than they think to the top spot in the division (four games behind the Mets). .
Marlins: Keep Building
The Marlins were smart not to get carried away with last year’s success. There are signs that this team is better than its record reflects, which includes a 9-20 record in career-defined games. It’s time to get smart with long-term tactical moves.
Mets: Keeping deGrom healthy
Easy to say, but Jacob deGrom is the best thing on the mound right now and is the center of any Mets hopes and dreams.
Nationals: Let Juan Soto take off
The Nationals fired up in June and stayed in the fight, but if they want to continue, having the next Ted Williams hit like the next Ted Williams would help.
The Phillies are the kind of team with a talent that, if they can line up for a couple of weeks, they could start playing like a postseason team.
Brewers: Keep fine-tuning details
The Brewers, more than any other team in the division, look committed to winning it this year, making every possible move to do so. A right hitter and an outfielder could make a difference.
Cardinals: Making Lineup Decisions
The Cardinals offense has struggled for three years in a row. For various reasons, but no matter what happens this year, St. Louis will have to see what to do with Paul DeJong, Edmundo Sosa, Harrison Bader, Matt Carpenter and Tommy Edman going forward.
Cubs: Stop Pretending and Start Selling
A great month of May left fans with hopes of seeing the team compete again, but a difficult June quickly ended that. The Cubs could dominate the trade deadline if they make Craig Kimbrel and Kris Bryant available.
Pirates: Take Advantage of Your Players’ Career Years
Adam Frazier and Bryan Reynolds – both attended the All-Star Game – are obvious candidates and are playing well enough to produce a major comeback.
Reds: Fix the left part of the box
A lot is going well for the Reds now, but they have a problem at short stops. They tried to move Venezuelan Eugenio Suárez there (it didn’t work). Kyle Farmer is not the solution.
D-backs: Trying to forget this year
Sorry, but really, what a nightmare the first half was.
Dodgers: Get Cody Bellinger on
We know what it is capable of. If it gets hot, you can carry equipment that does not need to be charged. His .593 OPS has to lift.
Giants: Finding Depth
The Giants have gotten the most out of their veteran players, but they could eventually hurt themselves. It’s already starting to happen. The Giants need reinforcements to keep fighting with the California teams.
Parents: Lengthen rotation
The Padres tried to add pitchers this year, but despite that, it doesn’t seem like enough. If they go for everything this season, they need one or two more guys, especially with Yu Darvish on the disabled list.
Rockies: Switch to Trevor Story
It has been the same story all year. It could be the main name for this season’s trade deadline.