Usually around June and July, MLB front offices will evaluate their team and focus on the trade deadline. They will have to make a decision about whether they are buyers or sellers at the deadline.
This year could be different as there are several ballclubs with superstar caliber players currently on the disabled list whose expected returns will be right around mid-summer.
It might make sense for some teams to take a wait-and-see approach about how their own players come back from injuries. They could end up getting a boost to their win column from their refortified ranks and not have to trade away any of their prospects.
There are eight players who are expected to return later this season, based on CBSSports.com projections, who can provide bigger returns than any players who could potentially be available in the trade market.