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5 MLB Teams That Will Be Biggest Sellers at Trade Deadline

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MAY 22: Adam Eaton #2 of the Washington Nationals celebrates with teammates in the dugout after hitting a home run against the New York Mets in the first inning during their game at Citi Field on May 22, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Owens/Getty Images)
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As teams across the league approach the 50-game mark, the league's power structure for the season is beginning to take shape. Plenty of teams are on the cusp of turning their focus towards retooling for the future. With about a third of the season's games under our belt, here are five MLB teams that will be the biggest sellers come the trade deadline.

5. Cincinnati Reds

CINCINNATI, OHIO - MAY 15:  Yasiel Puig #66 of the Cincinnati Reds hits a game winning single in the 10th inning against the Chicago Cubs at Great American Ball Park on May 15, 2019 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Chicago Cubs v Cincinnati Reds | Andy Lyons

The Reds are the only sub-.500 team in the NL Central, practically assuring that they'll sell at the deadline. Slugging second baseman Scooter Gennett is all but assured a one-way ticket to a contender once he gets healthy, and the failed experiment with Yasiel Puig could at least end up netting them a mid-level prospect.

4. Seattle Mariners

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - MAY 17: Marco Gonzales #7 of the Seattle Mariners reacts after giving up a hit in the fourth inning against the Minnesota Twins during their game at T-Mobile Park on May 17, 2019 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)
Minnesota Twins v Seattle Mariners | Abbie Parr

General manager Jerry Dipoto is known for his drive to swing trades. As the Mariners enter yet another rebuild, some intriguing talents, such as starter Marco Gonzales, have emerged on their team this year that will almost certainly be shipped out to contenders in exchange for prospects to bolster an already-talented farm system.

3. Detroit Tigers

DETROIT, MI - MAY 18:  Nicholas Castellanos #9 of the Detroit Tigers flies out to right field during the sixth inning at Comerica Park on May 18, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)
Oakland Athletics v Detroit Tigers | Duane Burleson

Talent abounds in Detroit as they continue their tanking process. Veterans Nicholas Castellanos and Josh Harrison are both on expiring contracts, and will inevitably be dealt come July 31. Closer Shane Greene, who has quietly amassed an AL-leading 15 saves this year, will also likely be on the block.

2. San Francisco Giants

PHOENIX, ARIZONA - MAY 18:  Madison Bumgarner #40 of the San Francisco Giants delivers a first inning warm up pitch against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on May 18, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)
San Francisco Giants v Arizona Diamondbacks | Norm Hall

Madison Bumgarner alone earns the Giants a spot on this list. Add in the likes of Brandon Belt, Will Smith and Tony Watson, and you've got yourself a hefty amount of trade chips. Already 10.5 games out of first in the NL West, it seems inevitable that the Giants go for a full tear-down this summer.

1. Washington Nationals

WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 16: Sean Doolittle #63 of the Washington Nationals talks with pitching coach Paul Menhart #55 in the ninth inning against the New York Mets at Nationals Park on May 16, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
New York Mets v Washington Nationals | Patrick McDermott

2019 has been a catastrophic failure for the Nationals. A team that hoped to compete for at least a Wild Card spot has struggled to gain any momentum, and with a stockpile of talent in the likes of Max Scherzer, Anthony Rendon and Sean Doolittle, the Nationals are destined to host the biggest fire sale we've seen in recent memory.