Some front offices around the league are working around the clock to bolster their rosters for the stretch run, while others are looking for the best potential deals to help build for the future.

But less than two weeks from the Aug. 1 Trade Deadline, a number of clubs are still trying to figure out whether they’re buyers or sellers. The expanded postseason has left 20 teams within seven games of a playoff spot entering play on Tuesday, so the next 7-10 days could determine which executives get aggressive as the Deadline approaches.

Some clubs will have more than one hole to fill, but here’s a look at the most glaring need for each of those teams within seven games of a spot.

(Note: Although multiple teams are likely to pursue some of the same players, each player listed as a potential fit was used only once.)


AL East

Blue Jays: Starting pitching

Even with the return of Alek Manoah and Hyun-Jin Ryu on his way back from Tommy John surgery, Toronto’s rotation depth is far from ideal. Adding a starter would help Toronto in its quest to return to the postseason.

Potential fit: Marcus Stroman


Orioles: Relief pitching

Baltimore might seek rotation help as well, but Kyle Bradish, Dean Kremer and Kyle Gibson have been pitching well, and the Orioles are hopeful that Grayson Rodriguez can contribute this season. Relievers Félix Bautista and Yennier Cano both made the All-Star team, but the Orioles could use another solid arm or two to help bridge the gap from the starters to that 1-2 back-end punch.

Potential fit: Jordan Hicks