We are now in the final week before the July 31 MLB trade deadline and more and more deals continue to roll in.
Each new day, another wave of deals and rumors comes crashing into the shores.
A few big-name players have already been moved like Ichiro Suzuki, who went 1-for-4 in his first game for the Yankees against his old team, Seattle.
Meanwhile, other popular targets have been re-signed, namely Carlos Quentin of the San Diego Padres (via Bill Center, The San Diego Union-Tribune).
Cole Hamels, who is pictured here, now appears as though he may not be moved, as he and the Phillies may be drawing closer to a deal (via Jerry Crasnick, ESPN.com). Even if he doesn't sign, he could end up testing free agency waters at the end of the season, rather than being dealt.
So, how does Hamels status impact the rest of the market which is flooded with arms?
Let's take a look at that, and the next wave of players who could be moved this week.
The Cubs must trade Ryan Dempster.
The trade value for the 35-year-old will never be higher, as he is currently having the best season of his career.
He currently leads the majors in ERA at 2.11 and has only allowed four runs in his last six starts, all of which came on July 20 against the Cardinals.
It was heavily reported (by Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports and many others) that he was dealt to the Atlanta Braves.
However, Dempster himself refuted the reports later in the day via his Twitter account:
THERE IS NO TRADE dont know where this info came from!
— Dempster Foundation (@RyanDempsterFDN) July 23, 2012
It is important to remember that Dempster has a no-trade clause in his contract, which means he must approve any trade to be made.
But, whether he ends up in Atlanta, Los Angeles or elsewhere, it appears as though he won't be on the north side of Chicago on August 1.
Shane Victorino has been one of the biggest names being tossed around in trade rumor conversation recently.
With the Phillies still 14 games off of the division lead, selling looks to be the best option—and with Victorino is the final year of his contract, dealing him is a logical move.
Numerous teams have reportedly shown interest in "The Flyin' Hawaiian."
Paul Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review tweeted that the Pirates see Victorino as a perfect fit in their outfield.
Also, the Cleveland Indians—who are one of those teams teetering between buying and selling this year—could be a possible destination for Victornio.
However, as both Hoynes and Biertempfel noted, the asking price for Victorino is too high at the moment.
If Philadelphia lowers its asking price at all, Victorino could be shopped easily.
With his contract expiring and the Phillies' playoff hopes still looking grim, I expect him to be dealt within the next week.
With a Ryan Dempster trade to Atlanta seemingly in the works, it now appears as though the Los Angeles Dodgers, who were one of the to suitors for Dempster, are going after his Cubs teammate Matt Garza.
According to Jim Bowden of ESPN, that deal would include top Dodger pitching prospect Zach Lee.
Cubs not resting on their laurels continue trade discussions with Dodgers on deal that would send Matt Garza for package including Zach Lee
— JIM BOWDEN (@JimBowdenESPNxm) July 23, 2012
If that deal doesn't work out, we could see Garza being shopped elsewhere.
Jason A. Churchill of ESPN Insider tabbed a number of other clubs as potential landing places for the Chicago right-hander, including Detroit, Texas and Boston.
Recently, Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto made the statement that he is not shopping outfielder Peter Bourjos (via Mike DiGiovanna, Los Angeles Times).
However, from that article, his quote about not shopping Bourjos isn't what stands out to me.
In the article Dipoto acknowledged that there has been interest in Bourjos:
“Peter, right now, is a popular name, and rightfully so — he’s a talented young player with some ceiling who is not getting regular playing time,” Dipoto said. “That tends to create a scent for the wolves.”
The 25-year-old outfielder is only hitting .223 this year, but he has been ousted from his starting role by phenom Mike Trout.
Trout, Mark Trumbo and Torii Hunter (not to mention all the angels) make for a crowded outfield in Anaheim.
As a result, Bourjos is a logical trade piece for a Los Angeles squad that is looking to add to its bullpen if the price is right.
If Hamels and Dempster indeed come off the market, the market for pitchers like Greinke, Garza and others becomes flooded with buyers.
Greinke has been arguably the biggest name on the market this season.
Recently, though, there have been questions about his health after he has been held out since July 13, after apparently being overworked.
As a result, Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com speculated that the market for him may be disappearing.
However, since it is his final year in the contract and he is yet to sign an extension in Milwaukee, the Brewers will have to deal him for the highest bidder.
It's either that or receive virtually nothing for him.
There are plenty of teams in search of pitching, and someone has to be willing to go after Greinke—it's just a matter of who.