First up, Dave Dombrowski, the president of baseball operations for the Philadelphia Phillies, is not considering selling the club despite their underperformance so far this season. Dombrowski is familiar with being a seller at the trade deadline, as he did just that in 2015 with the Detroit Tigers. However, he sees no parallel to the Phillies' situation this year, as the expansion of the playoffs in 2022 and the weak National League means the team is still in contention. While the Mets, Padres, and Cardinals are also struggling, the Phillies are just two games worse than their record at this point in 2021.
Meanwhile, the Cleveland Guardians may be looking to trade star pitcher Shane Bieber this summer or in the offseason. Bieber is set to become a free agent after the 2024 season, and the team may want to get something in return for him before he potentially walks. While the Guardians have discussed a long-term contract with Bieber in the past, negotiations haven't progressed far. The team's primary needs are in the offensive department, and they may trade Bieber for a young hitter who can provide extra-base hits. The Guardians have several young starting pitchers who could fill Bieber's shoes, including Logan Allen and Tanner Bibee.
Lastly, Kyle Schwarber's hot streak continued on Tuesday night as he hit a leadoff homer in the Phillies' 1-0 victory over the Tigers. Schwarber now has three home runs in six games this month and an impressive 31 homers in 60 June games dating back to last season. Despite his power surge, Schwarber is batting just .173 on the season. The Phillies managed to pull off the win with just three hits in the game, and Manager Rob Thomson praised the team's at-bats, saying they were better than the final line suggested. The Phillies will look to complete a three-game sweep of the Tigers on Wednesday with Zack Wheeler on the mound.
In conclusion, the trade deadline always brings excitement and uncertainty to the MLB, and this year is no exception. While some teams like the Phillies are staying put, others like the Guardians may be looking to shake things up by trading away star players like Bieber. As for Schwarber, he'll look to keep his hot streak going as the Phillies try to climb their way back into the playoff race.