This article is part of our Regan's Rumblings series.
Pitchers and catchers reporting, Opening Day, the World Series, and the All-Star break are all great parts of the baseball season, but it's tough to beat the frenzy surrounding July 31. There are so many competitive teams this year, that perhaps we won't have as many sellers than in years past, but with the elimination of the August 31 waiver deadline, we should still see plenty of movement over the next few days. There are 10 teams that would be out of the playoffs if the season ended today, but each of the 10 are fewer than six games out of a playoff spot. With that, here are 10 predictions on things that could happen over the next few days:
Will Smith is still a closer on August 1, but for a new team
As of Monday, the Giants sit at 50-50, a mere 2.5 back of a Wild Card slot, but with five teams either ahead of them or tied (Arizona). Their eight games ahead of the deadline include three at home against the Cubs, three in San Diego and two in Philadelphia. Should they go say 6-2 in those eight, do they still deal Madison Bumgarner and perhaps multiple relievers? If team President Farhan Zaidi gets what he considers to be great offers, I can see the Giants selling, but no one really knows at this point. I think either way, that the demand for Smith will be there to the point where Zaidi gets an offer he