Believe it or not, we are now nearly two and a half months into the 2012 regular season. So far, it hasn't disappointed, as both clubs that you expected to be good as well as those you expected to be near the bottom of the standings are in contention for playoff spots, which if you haven't heard there are now 10.
However, surprise contenders like the Nationals, Orioles and Dodgers are also causing some of the big-market powerhouses to falter. Teams like the Red Sox and Phillies might be on the other end—the seller's end—of the trade market come this year's deadline.
With each passing week, the future looks a little bleaker for certain clubs, and it's those feelings that may lead to some big moves this trade deadline. In fact, I'm going to give you my personal guarantee (now how much value you give to that is up to you) that these particular five players will in fact change venues by this year's deadline. They're all pretty big names, and if I'm right, their departures/arrivals will certainly add some intrigue to the division races down the stretch.