Sometime prior to the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, the MLB teams will swap players for immediate gain or future benefits. We can already identify 30 individuals who are destined to move in the coming months.
The 25-man limit on active rosters will motivate many of these transactions. Underachievers who have run out of minor league options—David Huff of the Cleveland Indians and Julio Borbon of the Texas Rangers, for example—could be relocated at any moment.
Most other tough decisions won't be completed until midsummer when the real contenders distinguish themselves from weaker franchises.
Though their circumstances and spending limits vary, all general managers can agree that change is necessary over the course of the 162-game marathon.