5 teams in a crowded NL Wild Card race who must decide if they want to be buyers

As the Giants keep winning, they may now decide to hold on to Madison Bumgarner. [Image Source: Flickr | Arturo Pardavila III]
As the Giants keep winning, they may now decide to hold on to Madison Bumgarner. [Image Source: Flickr | Arturo Pardavila III]

There are many mediocre teams in the National League that still have playoff hopes.

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With just 12 days remaining until the July 31 trade deadline, it is hard to see (other than the Marlins) who will be clear-cut sellers in the National League.

The Marlins are the only team that is more than six games out of the playoff hunt. The Mets and Reds are six games out of the second wild card, and it seems like neither will be looking to add by July 31.

Here are five National League teams that are likely current on the fence as to whether they should be considered buyers or sellers.

1

Arizona Diamondbacks: 49-48, 1.5 games out of wild card

Arizona is 24-9 in games where the outcome is by five or more runs. In games closer than that, they are just 25-39. If they decide to sell, starting pitcher Robbie Ray will be of much interest to many teams, and MLB Trade Rumors recently started that the team is reportedly shopping outfielder Adam Jones.

2

San Francisco Giants: 48-49, 2.5 games out of wild card

A team that was floundering much of the year, the Giants have suddenly reeled off six wins in a row and nine in their last 10 outings. Starting pitcher Madison Bumgarner and closer Will Smith seemed like sure bets to be dealt, but that no longer can be clear.

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