There are a number of trades that are just waiting to be made. Some elite talent will be on the market this summer, and with the addition of the extra wild card this year, there will be a lot more buyers than sellers.
What this means is that players may be slightly more expensive than they would have been in the past. It would still not be surprising if at least one or two former All-Stars were on the move before August.
If Trevor Bauer is able to prove that he is able to pitch at a high level in the major leagues over his next few starts, the Arizona Diamondbacks may have some flexibility in the moves that they can make.
Arizona could choose to trade away Joe Saunders depending on how Bauer looks. The Baltimore Orioles have already shown an interest in Saunders, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.
Even after signing Ben Sheets, the Atlanta Braves could look for another way to improve their starting rotation. They could look to go after one of the top pitchers on the market.
Julio Teheran has a world of potential, and the Braves may be slightly hesitant to deal him. But if they could acquire Matt Garza, they could part ways with their prospect (h/t Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports).
The Baltimore Orioles have two of the best prospects in the game in Dylan Bundy and Manny Machado, and they are off the table even in a deal for Matt Garza, according to ESPN's Jayson Stark.
That means that the best prospect that the Orioles have to deal is Jonathan Schoop. He is a young infielder who has a chance to make an impact in the majors in a year or two.
The Boston Red Sox already dealt one of their biggest trade chips when they sent Kevin Youkilis to the Chicago White Sox. Carl Crawford and Jacoby Ellsbury at full health will be the best midseason additions that the Red Sox have this year.
Boston will have a number of outfielders available before the trade deadline, and they will have some difficult decisions to make (h/t Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe). This could result in Cody Ross or Daniel Nava being dealt.
Theo Epstein will have a big decision to make this year. There will be a number of teams that come calling about Matt Garza before the trade deadline.
According to ESPN's Jayson Stark, the Chicago Cubs are looking for at least two high-level prospects in return for the righty.
By trading Brett Lillibridge and Zach Stewart for Kevin Youkilis, the Chicago White Sox were able to improve their team and keep all of their top trade chips.
If the White Sox go out and make another move, they could end up flipping Simon Castro for their eventual acquisition.
Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports has mentioned that the Cincinnati Reds could be a landing spot for Shane Victorino this summer if the Philadelphia Phillies choose to trade him.
There is no reason to believe that Victorino would come cheap, so the Reds would need to give up on their top prospects. Speed demon Billy Hamilton could find himself being dealt.
The Cleveland Indians will likely still be within striking range of first place in the AL Central by the time that the MLB trade deadline rolls around, and they could look to make a big move for the second year in a row.
Tony Wolters could be a trade target for any team that the Indians are looking to make a deal with. The young infield prospect is filled with potential.
The Colorado Rockies are going to be sellers at this year's trade deadline, and they do have some players that will be untouchable. Carlos Gonzalez is not going anywhere, according to Rockies GM Dan O'Dowd (via Jon Heyman of CBS Sports).
O'Dowd also noted that Dexter Fowler could be traded, but that he would be expensive. The Rockies have a number of outfielders that could replace him, so Fowler may be dealt.
The first half of the season has been a bit of a disappointment for the Detroit Tigers. This may encourage them to make a big move prior to the 2012 MLB trade deadline.
Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports has noted that Milwaukee's Shaun Marcum could be a trade option for the Tigers this year. A prospect like Casey Crosby could be dealt by the Tigers in return for a servicable starter.
There will most likely be a fire sale in Houston this summer, and there are a number of players that could find themselves on the trading block.
Closer Brett Myers may be the most desirable Astro to hit the market, states Jayson Stark of ESPN.
The Kansas City Royals may be in a tough spot later this month as they decide if they are buyers or sellers this trade deadline.
According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, Royals GM Dayton Moore has not fielded any calls about Jonathan Broxton, but that could change very quickly as teams go after relievers.
Relievers are an area of need for the Los Angeles Angels as they try to build up a strong bullpen on their way to a potential postseason appearance.
Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com has noted that Darren Oliver could be a target for the Angels later this summer. A player like Taylor Lindsey could be coveted by teams dealing with the Angels.
It appeared as if the Los Angeles Dodgers had a deal in place to trade pitching prospect Garrett Gould to the Houston Astros for Carlos Lee. However, Lee exercised his no-trade clause.
That does not mean that Gould should go and unpack his bags. The Dodgers figure to be active on the trade market, and Gould could easily be dealt.
Even though the Miami Marlins have not lived up to expectations this year, they will not be sellers come deadline. Owner Jeffrey Loria has said that the team will go out and get a few players (via Peter Gammons of MLB Network).
Depending on the caliber of player that the Marlins go after this summer, they could end up dealing a player with a lot of potential such as Marcell Ozuna.
It is looking more and more likely that the Milwaukee Brewers will consider dealing Zack Greinke, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.
Greinke is going to be one of the most coveted players available in the coming weeks, and almost every team in playoff contention will come calling.
The Minnesota Twins are one of the few teams that will definitely be sellers this year. After signing Ryan Doumit to an extension, the Twins may be more willing to trade an outfielder (h/t Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com).
This could mean that Denard Span is on the move. Jon Heyman of CBS Sports believes that the Twins may be willing to deal Span this summer.
The New York Mets' surprising season would be much better if not for their terrible bullpen. They will be looking for relievers at the trade deadline, according to Ken Davidoff of the New York Post.
A young talented prospect like Cesar Puello could be the type of player that the Mets need to deal in order to get the type of bullpen relief they covet.
The New York Yankees did not expect their starting rotation to be a problem coming into the season, but injuries have put them in a tough situation.
Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe believes that if the Yankees cannot find a starter within their organization, they could go after Wandy Rodriguez.
Tyler Austin has put up outstanding numbers for the Yankees' Single-A affiliate this year and could be a part of any potential deal.
Brandon McCarthy has put up some of the best numbers of his career in 2012. That could result in him being traded out of Oakland.
Ken Rosenthal and FOX Sports note that McCarthy is a possible trade candidate and that he could be one of the best pitchers available this summer.
If the Philadelphia Phillies cannot sign Cole Hamels to an extension in the coming weeks, then they will have a huge decision to make.
Buster Olney of ESPN has noted that the Phillies will not trade Hamels until they make one last effort to re-sign him. Either way, teams will be lining up to try to acquire the star southpaw.
The Pittsburgh Pirates will likely be buyers at the 2012 MLB trade deadline, but that does not mean that they will not trade any players that are currently on their major league roster.
According to Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, the Pirates are shopping Kevin Correia. By dealing him, the Pirates could bring in a reliever to help improve their bullpen.
Carlos Quentin has been outstanding since joining the San Diego Padres this year. He has given the Padres reason to try to sign him to a long-term deal.
However, most big-league executives believe that Quentin will be traded away this summer prior to the trade deadline (h/t Buster Olney of ESPN). Currently hitting at over a .300 clip, the outfielder will be one of the best bats on the market.
The San Francisco Giants have been on a tear as of late, and they are looking to further improve their lineup. Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports sees second base as a possible area of upgrade.
Catching prospect Tommy Joseph could be a popular name for teams that the Giants are negotiating with this summer.
It seems that it is impossible to get through an MLB trade deadline without hearing Felix Hernandez's name pop up. That will once again be the case this year.
Now, Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times is suggesting that the Seattle Mariners may be better off dealing Hernandez for a huge package of prospects this year.
The St. Louis Cardinals are going to need pitching help if they are going to reach the postseason again this year.
Bernie Miklasz of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch believes that the Cardinals should go after a starting pitcher. Prospect Trevor Rosenthal could be dealt if the Cardinals bring in a starter.
Injuries have taken their toll on the Tampa Bay Rays thus far in 2012, but they still have a chance to make a run at the playoffs. A power bat would be a big help in their endeavors.
Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times has written that Alfonso Soriano is a trade option for the Rays. A starting pitcher like Alexander Torres could be dealt by the Rays depending on whom they try to acquire.
The Texas Rangers have dealt with a number of injuries to their starting rotation, but they have still been able to hold on to their spot at the top of the AL West. They are looking at pitcher Zack Greinke and Cole Hamels to improve their rotation, according to Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports.
Texas has one of the top farm systems in baseball, and it has the prospects to go after whatever player they want. Mike Olt will be high up on the list for any team in talks with the Rangers.
After a great start to the 2012 season, the Toronto Blue Jays have begun to fall out of contention. That could mean that they become sellers at the trade deadline.
Edwin Encarnacion would be the hottest hitter available should the Blue Jays put him on the market. Jon Heyman of CBS Sports believes a number of teams would be interested in Encarnacion's services.
Davey Johnson's Washington Nationals have looked outstanding this season. They are looking like a playoff team and have the potential to get much better as the season goes on.
Pitching prospect Danny Rosenbaum has made some pretty big strides this year, and the Nationals could be asked to include him in a trade this summer should the Nats decide to become active buyers these coming weeks.