One month into the season and it's already time to re-evaluate team needs. The non-waiver trade deadline is less than three months away and the draft is just over one month away. Over the last month, some contenders have looked like the real deal. Others have look downright mediocre. Some rebuilders have looked competitive. Others have looked even more destitute than originally thought.
Heading into the trade deadline, we decided to put together the power rankings of teams most willing to part with talent. Trade deadline sellers will be at the top of the list, and buyers will be at the bottom. As a consequence, there will be a general correlation between standings. The worst teams will be near the top, trying to rebuild; the best teams will be near the bottom, trying to win the World Series.
These rankings will be fluid moving forward, but as of right now, these are the teams most likely to part with talent:
1. Atlanta Braves
It was revealed recently that Braves' GM John Coppolella is in full tank mode. That's a relatively loaded term, and not one to be thrown around. However, it's well-earned by a team willing to "take on bad contracts if teams include picks as well."
2. Cincinnati Reds
After Jay Bruce and Brandon Phillips both almost got traded during the offseason, it almost feels inevitable that the Reds eventually find suitable landing places for them. Whether Dick Williams make Joey Votto available could become the more fascinating question.
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3. Milwaukee Brewers
The Brewers' new GM David Stearns has already shown a penchant to deal away major league talent to bolster his farm system. With only three players on the roster signed beyond this season (Ryan Braun, Jonathan Lucroy, and Matt Garza), Stearns could be motivated to move pieces around for the right deal.
4. Philadelphia Phillies
Despite a 15-10 start, it doesn't necessarily appear that this Phillies roster is built to win. At least not this year. Matt Klentak only has four players signed beyond this season, and three of them are either on team or mutual options. Ridding themselves of at least a portion of that Ryan Howard buyout seems to be a priority.
5. San Diego Padres
Figuring out what A.J. Preller has in mind seems to be a fool's errand. However, the Padres were looking for a suitor for James Shields last summer and that likely hasn't changed with their 9-16 start. Tyson Ross and Andrew Cashner may also find themselves on the block by July.
6. Colorado Rockies
The Rockies could move up this list pretty quickly, but a .500 start to the 2016 season could give Jeff Bridich some pause. Perhaps the team he's assembled can actually win some games and stay competitive in the NL West. Or maybe it's just postponing deals for Carlos Gonzalez and Charlie Blackmon.
7. Miami Marlins
Always a difficult team to predict, the Dee Gordon suspension has only compounded matters for the .500 Marlins. It might be safer to assume that everyone is available, for the right price. Whatever that right price is, is between Mike Hill and Jeffrey Loria.
8. Minnesota Twins
Kevin Jepsen is the only expiring contract on the Twins this season. So, while Terry Ryan may not have much to sell, building around the youngsters may become his focus if the Twins continue to stay so far beneath .500.
9. Arizona Diamondbacks
Currently on a three-game losing streak, the Diamondbacks continue to struggle early after putting together what looked to be a contender. While it might not be in the team's best interests, Dave Stewart may feel some pressure on his job and make some players available. Who could the Diamondbacks make available though?
10. New York Yankees
The MLB's coldest team at the moment, the Yankees are struggling to hit on a five-game losing streak. Like the Diamondbacks, it's tough to figure out who could be made available. Perhaps pieces of their bullpen could bring back a handsome return.
11. Oakland Athletics
The Athletics have Josh Reddick, Rich Hill, Chris Coghlan, and Sam Fuld all on expiring contracts. While that doesn't mean they will be dealt, if David Forst and Billy Beane find their team out of contention, the savvy front office will at least explore all avenues.
12. Los Angeles Angels
At any given time, the Angels look like a win-streak away from contention or a losing streak away from rebuilding. While the likelihood of a firesale is essentially nil, Billy Eppler may feel pressure to shuffle some chairs. Jered Weaver, C.J. Wilson, Joe Smith, Geovany Soto, and Fernando Salas are the expiring contracts on the roster currently.
13. Cleveland Indians
At 10-12, the Indians will need to show a habit for winning before the farm system is used to acquire major league talent. They seem to have the roster to do it, but it just hasn't materialized. Until then, they are more likely to trade away their middle-talent, expiring-contract players.
14. Seattle Mariners
At 13-11, the Mariners may finally be gearing up for a push in the AL West. Jerry Dipoto made an awful lot of moves over the offseason, but sitting back and seeing how they pan out first could be his current direction. If the Mariners continue their winning ways, expect them to move down this list quickly.
15. Tampa Bay Rays
Right smack in the middle, the Rays have never really shown a habit of making mid-season acquisitions. The small market Rays like to retain talent that they have under team control for as long as possible. Steve Pearce and Logan Morrison are among the players they have on expiring contracts, so perhaps they become expendable.
16. Baltimore Orioles
Heading back up the other side, the Orioles spent a lot this offseason to ensure they stay competitive. While Dan Duquette may be looking for help for the starting rotation, the farm system isn't altogether deep. The Orioles may be forced to stand pat.
17. Kansas City Royals
The Royals spent some of their farm system talent at the expense of acquiring major league talent last year. Dayton Moore is likely happy with his World Series team, but if a need arises, the farm system could be used once again.
18. Toronto Blue Jays
The Blue Jays' former GM Alex Anthopoulos traded an awful lot of talent away last season to build a contender. While their window of contention is now, new GM Ross Atkins might not have a whole lot to work with. Like the Orioles, their hands could be somewhat tied to roll with the roster they have.
19. Detroit Tigers
New GM Al Avila could want to make his impression felt in Detroit, and Mike Illitch's willingness to spend toward contention cannot be underestimated. At 14-10, the Tigers could make as decisive a push as ever this season.
20. Houston Astros
The Astros are off to an absolutely abysmal 8-17 start. While at the beginning of the year, they would have been much closer to the bottom of this list, they find themselves somewhere in the middle. After years of rebuilding, Jeff Luhnow's team has perhaps stalled. Their road to contention could be on hold if their struggles continue into May.
21. Pittsburgh Pirates
The Pirates have been finding ways to contend in a division with the Cardinals for a couple years now. With the Cubs now right there, the three-horse race in the NL Central is tougher than ever. Neal Huntington will likely work with the roster he has for the most part, and almost definitely won't part with controllable farm system assets.
22. Washington Nationals
After being World Series favorites only 13 months ago, the Nationals seem to have put together some winning ways at 17-7. If Mike Rizzo is dealing with a contender, he could look to improve on one of his roster's weaknesses at catcher. Even further, he has the farm system to make a variety of deals work.
23. St. Louis Cardinals
While their farm system may lack stars, it does boast depth. John Mozeliak and the rest of the front office have put together contender after contender. Until the Cubs actually run away with this, the Cardinals cannot be counted out.
24. New York Mets
While the Mets have shown little in the way of willingness to spend money in the offseason, they did show that they would reward a contending team with additional players by acquiring Yoenis Cespedes last season. Sandy Alderson may find himself in the same position again.
25. San Francisco Giants
Boasting a pretty good farm system, Bobby Evans has a lot of moves at his disposal. After building a roster that looks like a contender over the offseason, Evans may not need to make a move. But making a couple smaller additions could push the team over the top.
26. Los Angeles Dodgers
With arguably the best farm system in all of baseball, Farhan Zaidi and the rest of the Dodgers brain trust have options. In all likelihood, the strongest in the farm system will help out the major league roster this year through call-ups. However, thanks to injuries, Zaidi may want to look at adding to his pitching depth both in the bullpen and in the rotation.
27. Texas Rangers
The Rangers sit atop the AL West at the moment, a mere half game ahead of the Mariners. Jon Daniels made a move last year to bring in Cole Hamels and Jake Diekman. With the farm system still stacked, Daniels could go right back to his playbook for an even deeper push this season.
28. Chicago Cubs
The team already boasts some of the best depth in the majors. However, acquiring pitching could become Theo Epstein's top priority. The farm system isn't particularly loaded, but that might not matter as Epstein could be on the market for a depth starter instead.
29. Chicago White Sox
The White Sox came largely out of nowhere this season, opening 2016 with a 18-8 record. After years of putting together mediocre teams, Rick Hahn may finally have a contender in place. In order to keep it that way, expect some prospects to become available in exchange for help now.
30. Boston Red Sox
The newly-appointed Dave Dombrowski and Mike Hazen worked hard this offseason to put together a team that looked like it could go worst-to-first. In order to keep it that way, the Red Sox could make some blue chip, ready-for-the-majors prospects available. At 15-10, the rest of baseball is on notice.