- Dan Szymborski, ESPN Insider
We're down to the last week of the non-waiver trading season in baseball, and most of the focus is on which players teams should target in the coming days.
This coin has a flip side, however, and not every team with a legitimate chance at the playoffs should aggressively go after the stars available at the deadline. Sometimes not pulling off a big trade is the hardest decision a team has to make.
Listed below are five teams that need to avoid taking that leap and refrain from making a big-ticket purchase this season.
Vice president Dan Duquette may be in the toughest position of any GM right now, with a team that's only a half-game behind a wild-card spot through Monday but has played below .500 ball since its 20-11 high-water mark in May. Complicating Duquette's task is the knowledge that the O's haven't been truly relevant in the playoff picture as anything but spoilers in 15 years.
Dan Szymborski of Baseball Think Factory writes that while the Baltimore Orioles (and four other teams) are legitimate postseason contenders, they aren't primed for deep playoff runs and therefore shouldn't be buying at the trade deadline.