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Ready to sell? These 5 teams could be close

As non-waiver Trade Deadline approaches, clubs must decide direction
MLB.com @jonmorosi

Sellersville, Pa., is notable in baseball history as the birthplace of the incomparable Jamie Moyer, who spent a full season with the Triple-A Toledo Mud Hens at age 29 ... and retired 20 years later with 269 Major League wins.

"Sellersville" has another meaning at this time of year. It's the mythical place to which teams arrive in July, once they've decided to trade their stars at baseball's midsummer swap meet.

Sellersville, Pa., is notable in baseball history as the birthplace of the incomparable Jamie Moyer, who spent a full season with the Triple-A Toledo Mud Hens at age 29 ... and retired 20 years later with 269 Major League wins.

"Sellersville" has another meaning at this time of year. It's the mythical place to which teams arrive in July, once they've decided to trade their stars at baseball's midsummer swap meet.

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Some clubs -- such as the Orioles, with Manny Machado -- have been in town for several weeks. Others are still en route, contemplating whether to turn back.

Here's a look at those teams who have yet to reach Sellersville -- and how far away they might be, as the season reaches its halfway point.

Video: MIN@CWS: Dozier opens the scoring with a solo homer

TWINS
Two miles away, in an exit-only lane:
Amid expectations of back-to-back postseason berths, the Twins started 8-7 but haven't been above .500 since. With the Indians owning one of the Majors' best records since late May -- and an 8 1/2-game lead in the American League Central -- it's increasingly difficult to imagine the Twins catching them. Minnesota reached the 2017 playoffs as a Wild Card team, but that route is even less plausible now, as the Twins trail the Mariners by double digits for the second AL Wild Card spot.

Remember: Minnesota became sellers at last year's non-waiver Trade Deadline through deals of Jaime Garcia and Brandon Kintzler -- and that was with a clearer path to the postseason than it has right now. Brian Dozier, Eduardo Escobar and Lance Lynn have value as rental players. Joe Mauer is on an expiring contract, too; the only way the team would deal the 35-year-old local icon is if he's interested in taking a chance to pursue a title elsewhere.

Video: NYM@COL: Ottavino K's Plawecki, the side in the 8th

ROCKIES
Seven miles away:
The Rockies emerged from Memorial Day weekend atop the National League West. But they are 9-17 since, including Wednesday's walk-off loss to the Giants. They have surrendered 171 runs over that span, by far the most in the Majors. At that rate, they can't pose much of a challenge to the D-backs or Dodgers.

If there's any consolation, it's that Colorado's roster includes a number of pending free agents: setup man Adam Ottavino, second baseman DJ LeMahieu and outfielders Carlos Gonzalez and Gerardo Parra. Parra's contract includes a $12 million club option for next year.

Video: LAA@BOS: Kinsler hits 1st pitch of 5th for home run

ANGELS
Twelve miles away:
The Angels' plans for the rest of 2018 are in flux as they await definitive word on Shohei Ohtani's status. But even if he returns to the active roster, the Halos have lost substantial ground in the AL West (and the AL Wild Card) standings during his absence.

Unlike the Twins and Rockies, the Angels have a relatively small number of obvious trade candidates. Among their free-agents-to-be, Ian Kinsler has struggled to a .671 OPS and Garrett Richards is on the disabled list. Richards is an intriguing rental option if healthy ... but that is precisely the problem. He has thrown only 130 2/3 innings over the past three seasons.

Video: OAK@DET: Lowrie homers, drives in go-ahead run in win

ATHLETICS
Fifteen miles away:
Unless you're concerned about the A's bumping your team from a playoff spot, you're rooting for Billy Beane and David Forst to keep this squad together. They've been too enjoyable to watch this season, with talent and panache that remind us of memorable Oakland clubs of years gone by.

Yet, the Athletics' economic circumstances remain unchanged. Without construction underway on a new ballpark, players on expiring contracts -- Jed Lowrie, Jonathan Lucroy, Santiago Casilla -- could be moved. Closer Blake Treinen is in high demand, and Oakland's front office tends to err on the side of optimizing peak value, even with Treinen under control through 2020.

Video: COL@SF: Crawford cranks walk-off long ball in 9th

GIANTS
Forty miles away, and making a U-turn:
The Giants' inspired play over the past week is making a Trade Deadline selloff highly unlikely. San Francisco has won seven of eight games, including the past three by one run each.

Madison Bumgarner is in the final guaranteed year of his contract, with a $12 million club option for 2019. If the Giants made Bumgarner available, he would instantaneously become one of the most coveted players in the marketplace, but there is no indication that they will do so. In fact, their current strategy involves waiting on the returns of Jeff Samardzija and Johnny Cueto -- and preparing for a run at the NL West title or an NL Wild Card.

Jon Paul Morosi is a reporter for MLB.com and MLB Network.