The 2013 MLB non-waiver trade deadline is Wednesday, July 31, at 4 p.m. ET. With time running out, trying to determine the franchises that could potentially become sellers at the last second is one of the most exciting parts of the process.
All of the following teams are falling apart on the field, and as they slip from contention, expect each organization to make the appropriate trades in order to begin posturing for a winning season in 2014.
The Philadelphia Phillies are slipping out of contention in the National League East. After losing eight of nine games on their recent road trip, the Phillies are coming to grips with the fact that this season is likely a lost cause.
According to Jim Salisbury of CSN Philly, the Phillies are now entertaining offers on almost every player on the roster, save key stars like Domonic Brown, Chase Utley and Cole Hamels.
With plenty of talent underperforming in Philadelphia, the franchise should expect some calls.
The Phillies have a strong core of players in place already, but the organization needs to get younger in a hurry. Dealing away veterans like Michael Young, Carlos Ruiz or even possibly Cliff Lee could yield a huge return of prospects.
Expect Philadelphia to make a few moves.
Chicago White Sox
The Chicago White Sox are moving into full sell mode as they sit at the bottom of the American League Central, and no player with a high-dollar contract will be safe as the trade deadline approaches.
Per Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune, the White Sox pulled starting pitcher Jake Peavy from his scheduled Tuesday start (indicating a possible deal). In addition, the team has also reportedly had discussions about dealing both Alex Rios and Alexei Ramirez, per Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.
The trade needs for teams that feel they are on the cusp of World Series contention will reach a fever pitch on Wednesday, and at the pinnacle of the bidding, Chicago must sell and begin the rebuilding process once again.
The White Sox are another team with a strong core of players, and adding fresh faces to change the nucleolus of the Chicago locker room may be exactly what the franchise needs to return to glory.
San Francisco Giants
The San Francisco Giants came into the 2013 season with World Series dreams, but as they sit in last place in the NL West, it is clear that they should become deadline sellers and start thinking about the 2014 season.
According to Danny Knobler of CBS Sports, the Giants would be open to offers for most of the top names on the team, including Tim Lincecum, Hunter Pence and Javier Lopez. As long as San Francisco gets a valid return in a deal, Pence and Lopez could easily be dealt for prospects.
Lincecum should not be traded at the deadline or anytime soon. While the charismatic starting pitcher has been inconsistent, the upside with a player of his caliber is worth the patience needed to see if he can return to form.
San Francisco will sell off a few players before the deadline, but it would be foolish to move Lincecum unless the return was substantial, such as an MLB-caliber hitter and a top pitching prospect, at least.