Wait 'til next year in three hotbeds

For Mets, Dodgers and Red Sox, the time has come to focus on 2011

Originally Published: July 28, 2010
By Kevin Goldstein | Baseball Prospectus
Getty ImagesSome think Theo Epstein might still be a buyer. It ultimately might not be wise.

As we race toward the deadline, the time to make decisions becomes compressed; with that comes snap judgments, and emotion enter into the fray -- leading ultimately to some big mistakes on both a small- and big-picture level. With that in mind, here are three teams that might be better off deciding that they are not, in fact, buyers.

• The Boston Red Sox have had a ton of bad injury breaks this year; it's not time for rebuilding by any means, though, and their contract situations don't allow for it.

• The Los Angeles Dodgers could help shore up their long-term future by using starters with expiring contracts to find answers at positions held by aging and/or unproductive veterans.

• A second-half slump has seemingly pulled the New York Mets out of contention, but are they in the position to suddenly become sellers?

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