Well, obviously when you start thinking trade, you have to look at the teams that are struggling and, even though it's early, can pretty much write off as playoff contenders. Here are my opinions:
AL East - you can pretty much write in Boston or Toronto as winning that division. The Yankees will make a go at it, but once again fail miserably to catch up. I wouldn't write off Tampa yet.........as statistically, they are still top 6 in the AL in both hitting and pitching. Not sure what they're struggling with right now. Toronto has the 4th best team e.r.a. in the AL and are first in batting average. Impressive. It makes the Baltimore the most likely trading partner.
AL Central - Up for grabs by all except probably Cleveland. Cleveland is 8th in the AL in batting average (out of 14 teams), but they're 12th in e.r.a. Might be a trading partner for bolstering the pitching this season and for the future.
AL West - Way too early to tell, but Seattle has gotten off to a nice start mainly because their pitching staff is #1 in the AL with a team e.r.a. of 3.62..........which is good enough to put them 3rd in all of mlb. Very impressive. Pitching comparison for their division has Oakland at 3rd in the AL, Angels at 9th, and Texas at 11th (5.62). Texas staff is allowing 2 more runs per game than Seattle's. Oakland is last in the AL in hitting, while the Angels are 2nd, Rangers are 7th and Seattle is 9th in batting average in the AL. Will Oakland's hitting improve and their pitching allow them to crawl back into the race? Seattle is 28th in slugging percentage in all of mlb, while Cincy is 29th and Oakland is 30th........pretty pathetic. Too early to find a trading partner unless both teams have a need to fill to help them this year.
NL Central - you're not going to trade in division, so forget about it.
NL East - Bowden is gone.........anything to trade with the Nats for?
NL West - the Dodgers sure look like the real deal. They are 2nd in batting average in the NL and 6th in team e.r.a. in the NL. San Diego and Colorado have abysmal pitching staffs. The Giants and D-backs are respectable in pitching. But the D-backs are last in the NL in batting average and San Diego and San Fran are middle of the pack. It sure looks like the Dodgers will run away with that division, especially with San Diego's pitching injuries of late. Colorado is a mess. You could probably trade with about any team in that division if they realize they are not gonna make a run this year.
Cleveland, Washington, Baltimore, maybe Oakland?, San Diego, Arizona, and Colorado?
Any good RH bats you see on those teams?
Colorado, Arizona, San Diego, Washington, Cleveland have nothing in terms of outfielders I'd trade for.
San Fran has Aaron Rowand (RH) with his career .284 batting average (8 seasons), and career .342 OBP, and some pop in his bat, but not alot. He's very good defensively (former gold glover).......I remember him making that great CF catch on the highlights....... http://www.truveo.com/Rowands-diving.../id/1603735879 (I can't find the catch he made where he broke his nose running into the wall, but it's considered one of the top 10 greatest catches of all time).
Baltimore's OFers are all young, and I doubt they want to part with them. Adam Jones is the most respectable.
....and then there's Oakland's Matt Holliday sitting there waiting to be picked up for a king's ransom by Billy Beane at the trade deadline. Just say no. They will want a fortune.
Not many trading partners for what we need right now.