While it’s not always easy to predict during the preseason which teams will be buyers and which will be sellers at midseason, I think most of us can make a pretty good guess.
And if those teams we think will be sellers have any players of value, we can assume that those are the names that will be linked to all those fun pre-deadline trade rumors. It doesn't mean that a contending team, however, would be willing to trade from an area of strength to upgrade its team in another area.
For many teams that are playing well, they typically don’t need to go out and acquire a big bat or a No. 1 starter in July. Sometimes, all they need is some bench help or a late-inning reliever to strengthen their bullpen.
Several teams acquired relief help last July, including the Cincinnati Reds (Jonathan Broxton), Pittsburgh Pirates (Chad Qualls), St. Louis Cardinals (Edward Mujica) and Los Angeles Dodgers (Brandon League).
Here are five relievers, currently penciled in as their team’s closer or setup man, who could be available if their team falls out of contention or has enough bullpen depth to make a move.