MLB Playoff Race: Trade season is upon us

Doolittle and Madson are now Nationals, Quintana is now a Cub; and the non-waiver trade deadline is still 14 days away. The next few days is going to determine which teams are buyers and which are sellers in the playoff race.

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All Star week was marked by a blockbuster trade that saw the Chicago Cubs bolster their starting staff, and another transaction that saw the Nationals improve their bullpen. The race to the MLB trade deadline is now on.

Washington has the second best record in the National League, but they’re bullpen has been the Nats achilles heel. So general manager Mike Rizzo acquired Sean Doolittle and Ryan Madson from the Oakland Athletics in a trade that sent right-hander Blake Treinen, minor league left-hander Jesus Luzardo and minor league third baseman Sheldon Neuse to the A’s. It’s a move that makes sense for both teams, Oakland needs to restock while Washington needs to improve its weak bullpen.

The White Sox and Cubs kicked off the trade deadline fever when the Sox agreed to send their former ace Jose Quintana across town for four prospects. To obtain Quintana, the Cubs had to give up the No. 5 prospect in (according to Baseball America’s midseason rankings) in outfielder Eloy Jimenez, pitcher Dylan Cease, first baseman Matt Rose and middle infielder Bryant Flete. It was a prospect hall that will allow the Sox to begin the rebuild process.

For the Cubs, this trade helps them shore up their shaky starting rotation in an attempt to chase down the Brewers in the NL Central division — at this time, the Wildcard spots are pretty much out of reach.

DIVISION LEADERS

(DIVISION) 

LEADERS

WINS-

LOSSES

PROJECTED

W-L

DIVISION

ODDS

WILDCARD

ODDS

PLAYOFF 

ODDS

(AL East)

Red Sox

 52-41  90-72 78.1% 16.2% 94.3%
(AL Central)

Indians

 47-43  90-72 90.7% 4.6% 95.3%
(AL West)

Astros

 62-30  104-58 100% 0% 100%
(NL East)

Nationals

55-36  95-68  98.7% 0.7% 99.4%
(NL Central)

Brewers

52-42 83-79 14.7% 17.2% 31.9%
(NL West)

Dodgers

64-29 107-55  99.9%  0.1% 100%

AMERICAN LEAGUE WILDCARD

TEAMS  GAMES 

BACK

WINS-LOSSES PROJECTED 

W-L

WILDCARD

ODDS

DIVISION

ODDS

Rays – X 0.5 49-44 82-80 30.0% 7.3%
Yankees – X 0 47-43 83-79 37.8% 11.9%
Twins -1.5 46-45 79-83 9.9% 2.4%
Royals -2 45-45 80-82 16.8% 5.0%
Mariners -2.5 46-47 80-82 0% 16.7%
Rangers -2.5 45-46 81-81 0% 26.3%
Angels -3.5 46-49 79-83 0% 12.6%

X-Currently holds a wildcard spot

NATIONAL LEAGUE WILDCARD

TEAMS  GAMES 

BACK 

WINS-LOSSES PROJECTED

 W-L

WILDCARD

ODDS

DIVISION

ODDS

 Diamondbacks– X 1.0 53-39 88-74 78.2% 0.1%
Rockies – X 0 53-41 85-77 56.4% 0%
Cubs -5.5 46-45 88-74 11.0% 71.2%
Braves -6.0 45-45 78-84 4.6% 0.2%
Cardinals -7.5 44-47 82-80 14.1% 11.0%
Pirates -8.0 44-48 79-83 5.5% 3.1%
Mets -9.5 41-48 79-83 7.9% 0.7%

X-Currently holds a wildcard spot

Playoff odds are courtesy of Fangraphs, as of 7/17/2017

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