MLB trade rumors: 5 teams that should be buyers at the deadline

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St. Louis Cardinals. (Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports)

MLB trade rumors are all over the place with the deadline approaching. These five teams should make a bold move or two to bolster their roster.

The 2021 MLB season is now two and a half months old. Teams know what they have and, critically, what they don’t.

Whether it’s because of injuries or roster deficiencies, everyone should have their eye on the MLB trade deadline coming up on July 30.

Over the next few weeks, the deals that will shape the title chase will come together. Which teams should be on the market for new blood?

MLB teams looking to buy at the trade deadline

5. St. Louis Cardinals

It’s been a rough June for the Cardinals, who have gone 5-9 in the month. A palette-cleansing sweep of the Marlins helped salvage that record quite a bit.

St. Louis is actually one of the worst teams in baseball over the last 30 games, ranking 26th and tied with the aforementioned Marlins with a 12-18 record in that span.

Simply put, the Cardinals need some help. Badly.

There’s a reason Max Scherzer of the Nationals was heavily tipped as a target for St. Louis. They could use his arm in their rotation, which is below the league average with a collective ERA of 4.24.

Only one Cardinals pitcher has a winning record this season, Jack Flaherty. The trouble is Flaherty has an oblique strain that could keep him out beyond the trade deadline. Without him anchoring the rotation, the team has suffered.

Sitting fourth in the NL Central, St. Louis has serious ground to make up and they won’t do it without a major addition.

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