This season, and the trade deadline that will bisect it, will be unlike any that has been seen before in baseball. The addition of a second Wild Card means more teams will be in the hunt at the deadline than before, but it also means less teams will be selling.
This also means that those teams which DO decide to sell will likely receive more compensation for their players than the same pieces would have received last year. This incentive could draw out some usual buyers who see opportunities to make a profit on the lack of supply on the market.
General managers have already begun piecing together their plans for a frantic grab at the few useful players who will be on the market, and perhaps some unlikely sellers will emerge, overcome by the value they are offered.