Unusual baseball season creates uncertainty as trade deadline nears

St. Louis Cardinals

ST LOUIS, MO – AUGUST 21: Genesis Cabrera #92 of the St. Louis Cardinals takes a selfie in the seats with cutouts of fans prior to a game against the Cincinnati Reds at Busch Stadium on August 21, 2020 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Jeff Curry/Getty Images)

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The unusual circumstances surrounding the abbreviated baseball season are creating plenty of questions for teams looking to upgrade their rosters before Monday’s trade deadline.

The expanded playoff format reduces the number of teams eager to write off the season and make moves aimed at the future. The lack of minor league games makes it tough for teams to decide which prospects to pursue from other organizations.

A big question looming over the trade deadline is the uncertain status of the season itself. Why should a team risk its long-term future and trade top prospects to pursue a title when the pandemic could put the entire postseason at risk?

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