I have seen this topic come up numerous times over the last few weeks. I was giving it some thought as there are some people on the board that suggest that since the Twins are in playoff contention you have to think about being buyers instead of sellers. Then there are others that say even if the Twins are in contention for playoffs, they should still be sellers because even with a wild card or a division title in a weak division that the Twins have no legit shot at the World Series because of some of this teams limitations.
So I just took a look around, and these are all just based off of my opinions, to see what teams out there, on paper have a legit shot at going to the World Series, teams that seem to have everything. Solid pitching with a couple of Aces, Solid hitting and solid defense; all three facets of the game that need to be in place in order to contend for a World Series title. As I looked around I only really see a few teams that meet that criteria in my mind. Houston Astros, as long as their starting staff gets healthy, seems like they have some nagging injuries but no season enders. Los Angeles Dodgers seem to have all facets with a legit Ace. Washington Nationals also seem to have everything in place.
There are others on the cusp, that for whatever reason are not living up to their potential or seem to have some flaws. They are New York (a little shaky starting pitching? Sabathia??) Boston (again starting pitching to me is a little shaky), Colorado, (do you trust that rotation in the playoffs?), Arizona?? Chicago (barely .500, must be something wrong), Cleveland (again barely .500) Milwaukee need I say more (Matt Garza?) Anyway so if most of those teams take the exact same approach as the Twins and decide that if they can't win the World Series that they should be Sellers instead of Buyers there is a possibility that there will be 24 - 26 teams all trying to be sellers at the trade deadline?
I know of all of the people that want to sell, sell, sell many of them are talking about selling Santana, selling Dozier, etc.... They say you need to sell high and buy low and that guys like Santana will never be higher as far a worth. However, if everyone is sellers wouldn't that put a guy like Santana and his value even lower?? If there are limited buyers, say 4 or 5 teams and a multitude of sellers wouldn't that depress a guy like Santana's or Dozier's value?? Again you would just simply have to wait until it gets closer to the deadline to see what actually happens and I am just throwing out a Devil's advocate scenario here; but, if it comes to fruition that there are way way more sellers than buyers at that deadline which in turn would depress the Twins players values wouldn't it then at that time be better to switch thinking and buy?? Since the market would possibly be depressed it might be easier at that time to buy low which I know at the deadline doesn't make sense but if the market is flooded with sellers then that would lower the value of what is out there and that might be the time to pounce on a deal?? Just looking at it from another angle.