As we get closer to the end of the season's first quarter, we can start to take a look at the standings and actually learn things from the team's performances.
It means nothing if the Baltimore Orioles are atop the AL East after four games. If they're still there after 40, though, that says a lot about the team.
That, of course, means we have to look at the trading deadline and see how the market has changed, and at the players guaranteed to be playing in a different uniform in August.
Okay, so perhaps "guaranteed" is a slightly strong word to use in the first week of May.
After all, a player might be a great trade chip in July, then have a month where he goes 3-43 with no extra base hits, or has a run of six starts with a 12.00 ERA.
But as of right now, these players have good value and might very well be shipped come July 31.