Prepare yourselves, for the MLB rumor mill is about to start spinning fast and furiously.
While we haven't reached the point of the season where teams have definitively decided whether they will be buyers or sellers at the trade deadline, most general managers around baseball already have a pretty good idea of which way they are leaning.
Make no mistake about it: Just because we haven't heard about them yet doesn't mean that conversations and negotiations haven't been taking place behind the scenes. Brian Cashman, general manager of the New York Yankees, confirmed as much to MLB.com's Bryan Hoch:
The opportunity for significant upgrade trades obviously don’t usually take place until after the June draft. We’re past that date so I think the atmosphere should be right about there. Activities in terms of conversations have definitely increased where clubs have turned their attention to, "All right, what are you guys looking to do, who do you need, who’s available?"
Every GM is kind of cataloging the available players and team needs. From that, obviously something can transpire over time with a few more conversations.
Every general manager is putting together a plan of attack that will be set in motion over the next week or two, many of which are dependent on how their respective teams perform. They know what they need and who they'd like to get, and in many cases, they have a rough idea of what it would take to pull off a deal.
Here's what we think every front office around baseball will be looking for as the trade deadline nears.
*Unless otherwise noted, all statistics are courtesy of Baseball-Reference.com and current through June 18.