The 2013 MLB trade deadline—July 31 at 4 p.m. ET—is mere hours away, meaning a number of players—ranging from prospects to proven stars—are likely to be dealt soon.
There promises to be a flurry of activity, as plenty of buyers and even more sellers are working the phones and trying to hammer out last-second deals.
Let’s take a look at some of the players who could be on the move in the near future in Wednesday’s rumor roundup.
Joba on Block
Just a few seasons ago, it was unfathomable the New York Yankees would be trying to move Joba Chamberlain at the trading deadline. He was considered untouchable and an integral part of the club’s future.
That has drastically changed in 2013. Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York says the Bronx Bombers' “most likely move” on Wednesday is to dump Chamberlain on another team.
The right-handed setup man and former starter has fallen out of favor and is no longer useful in the Yanks’ bullpen.
Should the Yankees trade Joba?
An executive told Marchand, "He [Chamberlain] may not even fetch pennies on the dollar," and it seems the Yankees will be glad to just be rid of his contract.
Considering the hype and success that surrounded this Nebraska native in his early years, a trade for nothing in return would be the conclusion of one of the most tragic falls from grace in recent baseball history that doesn’t involve steroids.
The 27-year-old has pitched 25.1 innings with an ERA of 4.97 and 26 strikeouts this season.
Phillies Fire Sale
The Philadelphia Phillies' recent slide has them major sellers at the deadline, with nearly everyone on the roster available.
According to Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com, the club has decided to entertain offers for nearly everyone other than three key stars—Cole Hamels, Domonic Brown and Chase Utley.
After losing its last eight games, Philly is no longer vying for a wild-card spot in the National League and is ready to throw in the towel on the 2013 season.
That means big names like Michael Young, Carlos Ruiz and Cliff Lee are available—for the right price.
Although they won’t come cheap, these guys could contribute to contenders and could swing a game or two come playoff time. It’ll certainly be interesting to see if any team floats an offer Philadelphia’s way.
Pirates Still Interested in Rios
According to Yahoo! Sports' Jeff Passan, the Pittsburgh Pirates are still considering trading for Alex Rios.
Pirates have no plans to move Class A standout Tyler Glasnow. Still plenty in system to get Bud Norris. Alex Rios remains a target as well.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) July 31, 2013
Rios, who is batting .273 on the season with 49 RBIs and 22 stolen bases, would be a huge upgrade for the Pirates in right field. While Pittsburgh boasts a league-best 64-42 record, adding Rios into the mix would help solidify an area of weakness and bolster the team's chances of closing out the season strong and winning the NL Central.
While Rios left Tuesday's game after hitting a foul ball off of his foot, it doesn't appear the injury is serious enough to deter potential suitors.
Per CSN Chicago's Dan Hayes, Rios said, "It was very sore right after I hit it when I stride and stepped to swing at the next pitch, it was really sore when I turned my foot...But I don’t think there’s anything major or even if I’m going to miss any time. I’m going to get some X-rays now and it should be OK hopefully.”
The White Sox shook up the roster by dealing Jake Peavy to the Red Sox on Tuesday.
Thus far, they have not given any indication they are done making moves.