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Tough decisions loom for many on the playoff border

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With the trade deadline just eight days away and the standings tight in nearly every division, many teams figure to be buyers rather than sellers, leading to few potential deals. Even teams in 3rd or 4th place aren't willing to sacrifice their season because no one is running away with their division. In the National League, six teams are within 4.5 games of each other for the NL Wildcard. In the American League, the AL Central and West leaders have a 1 and 2 game lead, respectfully. With so many teams in contention and dumping salary no longer a pressing issue, teams are struggling to find available players without tearing apart their farm system. It remains to be seen which names will be dealt, but all is quiet right now with only eight days remaining.