Deal or No Deal?

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by: Ryan Cameron @RyanCameron22

As the trade deadline approaches there are several teams that will look to clean house and a few that will look to add the missing piece they need to win it all. 

I'm going to give you three teams who need to make a few trades before the deadline in order to make a deep run in the playoffs.

Atlanta Braves

The Braves have two glaring needs if they have any shot at the World Series. The first is a solid third baseman. The obvious choice for me is Mike Moustakas. He's having a solid year for the Kansas City Royals hitting .255 with 15 home runs and 49 RBIs. I believe he would be a great addition to this team. If they want to pay a higher price tag, they could make a run at Josh Donaldson. The Braves have the prospects to make this trade happen. The question is, are they willing to do it?

Atlanta could also use a veteran pitcher. For this par,t I think they must look to the New York Mets and go after either Noah Syndergaard or Jacob deGrom. The Mets are reportedly open to listening to offers and the Braves should make one. Any of these players could add playoff experience to a team that doesn't have much. The rest of the division will be making moves, let's hope the Braves aren't the team left out.

Cleveland Indians

Cleveland is running away with the AL Central, mostly due to the weak division they are in.

That won't work in the playoffs. 

The Indians need pitching, which is a sentence I never thought I would be writing at the beginning of the season. I think if they could go after an All-Star caliber starting pitcher and a few bullpen pieces they could definitely compete for another AL crown.

The Indians should take a chance on Zach Britton. The former All-Star has been out this year with an injury but when healthy and teamed up with closer Cody Allen and Andrew Miller when he returns,  he could once again be a force.

The Tribe could also go after Chris Archer. Yes, he once again is struggling but like you saw with Justin Verlander to the Houston Astros, a trade to a contending team is sometimes all a player needs. I would like to see Michael Fulmer of the Tigers in a Cleveland uniform too, but with him playing for a division rival, it's not likely.

If Cleveland wants to add another bat to the lineup, they could go after Khris Davis from Oakland. They would have to give up a few top prospects but this trade would make this lineup one of the best in the AL.

Philadelphia Phillies

The Phillies are having an up and down June.

They are a surprisingly talented team but will need to add some pieces in order to make any run towards a NL Crown. They could use a power bat in the lineup and to add another staring pitcher.

They were hoping that signing Carlos Santana in the offseason would be the trick but that hasn't panned out so far. Manny Machado could be the answer here. Adding Machado to this lineup would move Philadelphia into the playoffs in my opinion. They would have to pay a pretty steep price for him, however. If they whiff on Manny, they should go after Josh Donaldson. Donaldson is having another great year and the Blue Jays are going to deal him.

If the Phillies really want to make a run at this, they need to trade for one of these two players. 

As far as pitching, they should give the Blue Jays a call about J.A. Happ. The former Philly could return home and be the missing piece in the rotation Philadelphia needs.

What are your thoughts? If you were in the Philadelphia, Cleveland, or Atlanta front office how would you approach the trade deadline? Let us know in the comments! 

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