There have already been big names on the move prior to the 2012 MLB trade deadline, and that was just the start of all of the action. More players will be changing teams in the coming days.
MLB trade rumors will continue to be a part of the daily sports chatter over the next week. Some of these rumors will turn out to be true, while many will end up being false.
The following are some of the day's hottest rumors that have surfaced.
The New York Mets have to decide if they are going to be buyers or sellers in the coming days. If they do decide to sell, they have a number of pieces that could interest teams around the league.
Jason A. Churchill of ESPN (Insider required) has speculated that Daniel Murphy could be a target for the Cincinnati Reds. It is hard to see a deal like this occurring, since the Mets would likely be better off holding on to Murphy.
With their recent acquisition of Wandy Rodriguez, one of the pitchers on the Pittsburgh Pirates pitching staff became expendable. According to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN, that pitcher is Kevin Correia.
Correia has been slightly below average this year for the Pirates, but he could make a decent No. 5 starter for a contending team. Since Correia will become a free agent after the year, only a contender would be interested in him. However, the Pirates may have a hard time finding a taker.
The Texas Rangers have dealt with a number of injuries this season, and they have been able to overcome them and stay at the top of the American League West. However, the injury to Colby Lewis may now force them to make a move.
Texas could be lining things up to making a big move, according to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN. Zack Greinke and Josh Johnson are both possible trade targets for the Rangers.
After trading Anibal Sanchez, Hanley Ramirez and Omar Infante, the Miami Marlins are still open to trading away Josh Johnson. They do, however, expect a massive return.
Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that the Marlins want a "Teixeira-like" package in return for Johnson. Keep in mind that the Texas Rangers got Elvis Andrus, Neftali Feliz, Matt Harrison, Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Beau Jones when they dealt Teixeira to the Atlanta Braves in 2007.
It is hard to see any team ponying up a package like that for Johnson, considering he is a free agent after the 2013 season.
Zack Greinke is a very valuable commodity at the trade deadline this year, and the Milwaukee Brewers know that. Bob Nightengale of USA Today has noted that Brewers GM Doug Melvin has said that Greinke will be traded this year.
A number of teams are already in pursuit of Greinke. Danny Knobler of CBS Sports has said that the Chicago White Sox are focused in on the ace. The Texas Rangers, Los Angeles Angels and Atlanta Braves are all also possible destinations for Greinke, according to Adam McCalvy of MLB.com.
Zack Greinke is not the only member of the Milwaukee Brewers that is drawing a lot of trade interest this summer. Teams are also interested in Corey Hart and Aramis Ramirez, according to Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
The chances that either Hart or Ramirez are moved by the Brewers are slim, according to Haudricourt. A team would need to make a hefty offer to acquire either of them.
Relievers are always a valuable commodity in the days leading up to the MLB trade deadline, and one that has the ability to close draws extra attention on the trade market. Jonathan Broxton is that type of player.
The Kansas City Royals are still deciding if they want to trade Broxton. Jerry Crasnick of ESPN has noted that right now there is a "60-40" chance that Broxton is pitching somewhere else after the trade deadline passes.
Although it has been noted by David Brown of Yahoo! that Ryan Dempster prefers to be dealt to Los Angeles, he may not get his wish. The Chicago Cubs offered the Dodgers Dempster for prospect Allen Webster, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, and the Dodgers shot the offer down.
Jon Paul Morosi of Fox Sports believes that Dempster will not be dealt until Zack Greinke is and that any Dempster-to-the-Dodgers deal is uncertain.
Things have not gone the right way for the Boston Red Sox or Josh Beckett this season. There is a chance that Beckett's up-and-down tenure with the Red Sox could be coming to an end.
Rob Bradford of WEEI.com has noted that the Red Sox are listening to offers for Beckett. Bradford says that the Texas Rangers are not interested in the 32-year-old righty and that all talks are still in the very early stages.
The past year-and-a-half has been very disappointing for Francisco Liriano. He has had an ERA over 5.00, but he has shown flashes of his dominance during performances such as his no-hitter in 2011.
There are a few teams hoping that a change of scenery is exactly what Liriano needs. Both the Los Angeles Angels and the Baltimore Orioles are in on Liriano, according to Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports. Liriano could serve as a low-cost way to improve either team's starting rotation.