In a perfect world, teams that are competing for playoff spots would have pieces in their farm systems to offer up as pawns at the Trade Deadline to bring in Major Leaguers who can help for the postseason push.
Of course, perfection is rarely attainable. Teams jockeying to play deep into October have varying degrees of farm system strength at their disposal. Teams that annually compete know how hard it is to win at the Major League level and maintain a strong pipeline at the same time.
Some have managed to do that, and some organizations are better situated to be buyers at the Deadline than others. Here’s a list of nine contending teams that have prospects at the ready should they want to add big league talent down the stretch.
Even after the Nelson Cruz deal, which sent two top 30 pitchers in Joe Ryan and Drew Strotman to the Twins, the Rays have a very enticing combination of elite-level talent and depth. There’s a lot of talent up the middle, a big reason why Xavier Edwards was picked as a potential trade target in our story identifying one such prospect from each team.
San Diego hasn’t hesitated to trade prospects to win, as evidenced by the acquisition of Adam Frazier for a trio of prospects. They also dealt the aforementioned Edwards to the Rays in Dec. 2019 to get Tommy Pham and Jake Cronenworth, both of whom are contributing to the Padres’ run this year. They still have four Top 100 prospects, including Luis Campusano, a young catcher with offensive upside (San Diego did trade Francisco Mejia to the Rays in the Blake Snell deal after all).