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The Giants' record at the All-Star break mirrors their performance at the same juncture in 2010. Their needs are similar, too.
The midway point of the season has come and gone, and the Tigers have gone from the big disappointment of 2012 to a team seemingly ready for a second-half surge. The pieces to make that playoff run are out there.
In assessing their roster, the Marlins don't consider personnel as being the problem. The issue, in the eyes of the organization, is performance. Coming out of the All-Star break, the team will enter a critical stretch, opening on Friday with the first of four games against the National League East-leading Washington Nationals.
Will the Orioles make a big splash at the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline? Perhaps more importantly, should they?
While it is possible the Angels will add a piece this month before the Trade Deadline, it's more likely they'll stand pat.
Now that the All-Star Game is in the Royals' immediate past, the immediate future holds another event of intense interest: the Trade Deadline of July 31.
Indians manager Manny Acta wants the front office to be aggressive at the July 31 Trade Deadline, hopefully making a move for a pitcher or right-handed bat.
Typically, having the right pieces to fill immediate needs at the Trade Deadline comes down to having prospects to offer potential trade partners. While building a farm system is essential for long-term success, it's also important so that contending teams have trading chips to use at this time of year.
GM Jack Zduriencik might move younger players if he thinks it might help Seattle's struggling offense.
If you think that the Padres, who occupied last place in the National League West for most of the first half, are essentially predestined to become sellers at or before the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline, well, think again.
The Brewers will play their biggest nine games of the season coming out of the All-Star break, a stretch that could determine whether general manager Doug Melvin is a buyer, a seller or somewhere in-between before the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline.
With the D-backs within striking distance in the NL West, GM Kevin Towers has made it clear he is willing to deal. "I'm open-minded on anybody, everybody," he said.
With the non-waiver Trade Deadline less than three weeks away, the Mets again have relief pitching on their mind. General manager Sandy Alderson could also look to add a right-handed bat and a catcher.
The 43-43 Red Sox need to get hot coming out of the break, otherwise general manager Ben Cherington might be tempted to send away some other veteran pieces and start turning it over to more of the young guys.
Six weeks after having entered June with lucid needs -- bats, bats and more bats -- the Pirates enter the Trade Deadline stretch drive in a somewhat conflicted state.
Braves general manager Frank Wren will continue to evaluate his team's needs leading up to the July 31 Trade Deadline. But as things currently stand, it appears landing a starting pitcher stands as the primary priority.
Rangers general manager Jon Daniels expects significant improvement to his pitching staff by the time the Trade Deadline rolls around.
The Phillies have 15 games to play before the July 31 Trade Deadline, and those games will decide whether they should be buyers or sellers.
The Reds have been at or near the top of the NL Central all year, but have not been able to separate themselves from the pack. In order to close the deal and reach the postseason, general manager Walt Jocketty might need to make a deal.
The Cardinals' run to and through the postseason in 2011 was a ride that likely never would have occurred had general manager John Mozeliak not pulled the trigger on a pair of late July deals.