The second wild-card spot has completely changed the MLB trading deadline. Now almost every team thinks they can contend. For example, only three teams in the American League are more than three games out of a playoff spot. This means most teams aren't willing to sell off their best players.
The second wild-card spot has taken most of the best players off of the market. While it hurts the true contenders and may lead to teams losing their players in the winter, it will also keep as many teams in contention as possible.
Here are seven players who may have been available without a second wild-card.