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What Each NL East Team Should Do At The Trade Deadline

Philadelphia Phillies: Help in the outfield

The Phillies are about as complete as it gets. They have four All Star caliber starting pitchers, reigning MVP Bryce Harper is having another MVP-level season and it looks like JT Realmuto, Kyle Schwarber and Harper are returning from injuries in the coming week. 


But there’s one key piece the Phillies are missing, and it’s in the outfield. 


Nick Castellanos and Brandon Marsh have consistently filled outfield spots this season, but the third has been a puzzle for the Phillies. Johan Rojas, Cristian Pache, David Dahl and Whit Merrifield have all shared time filling the third spot. But none of them have proven they should have a permanent spot.


The Phillies are one of the strongest teams in baseball, but that final outfield slot is still the last piece of their puzzle. 


Atlanta Braves: Corner outfield help

Two months ago the Braves lost Ronald Acuña Jr., and ever since there’s been a hole in their lineup. Although there isn’t anyone on the trade market who can recreate Acuña’s magic, the Braves can definitely get an upgrade from what they currently have. 


Adam Duvall, who has taken over the right field vacancy, is not pulling his weight. With an abysmal .574 OPS, there’s a lot more to be desired from that bat. The Braves have also been without Michael Harris II since June 14 as he suffered a hamstring injury. Although Harris is progressing well and has already started doing baseball drills, the Braves are missing him in the outfield. 


Getting some help in the outfield would go a long way for the Braves. 


New York Mets: Buyers or sellers?

A month ago, with the third-worst record in the National League, it looked like the Mets would be sellers at the deadline. Now they’re just two games back of a Wild Card spot. All of a sudden, the Mets are a team that could be a postseason contender if they can fill in some gaps at the trade deadline. 


But there’s still some time before the trade deadline, and the Mets have proven they can get hot, but that they can also turn ice cold. Whether the Mets are buyers or sellers likely depends on how they do in this final stretch leading up to the trade deadline.


If the Mets end up being buyers, another piece for the bullpen will be a target. Mets closer Edwin Diaz is back after his 10-game suspension, but he’s struggled this year and the Mets would benefit from a lefty arm in the bullpen. 


Washington Nationals: Dealing some arms

The Nationals may have the fourth-worst record in the NL, but they’re also only five games back of a Wild Card spot. Still, only so many teams can be buyers at the deadline, and the Nationals have to think about things long term.


Pitchers are always the most lucrative pieces at the trade deadline, and the Nationals have two arms that have compounded stock for the trade deadline. 


Kyle Finnegan and Trevor Williams have both been strong arms for the Nationals this year. Finnegan, the Nationals closer, may have a 2-4 record this season, but he also has a 2.17 ERA and 0.96 WHIP. Relievers are the hottest commodity at the deadline, making him a valuable. Williams has also impressed, having the most notable season of his nine-season career. His 2.22 ERA, 1.08 WHIP and 5-0 record in 56.2 innings is something buyers will definitely be interested in.


Miami Marlins: Focus on the future

The NL is pretty tight right now, with just about every team somewhat in contention of a Wild Card spot. Then there’s the Marlins.


The Marlins have arguably been the worst team in baseball this season, and will most definitely not be buyers at the deadline. 


The big question for the Marlins is whether it’s time to trade Jazz Chisholm Jr. Chisholm is by far the most valuable player on the roster, and the Marlins would get a haul for him, and now might be the right time. Chisholm has flashed his potential, putting up a strong 2022 campaign, but since then has been closer to league average. His .255 average and .733 OPS is nothing to write home about, but teams also know he’s capable of much more than that. 


Only time will tell if the bottom feeder of the NL East moves Chisholm, but it may be sooner rather than later.


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