It's getting down to crunch time. Whether a team is at the top of its division or just a few games out, or even on the cusp of falling out of contention, it has about 24 hours left to make a pre-deadline deal to improve its ballclub.
Talks are beginning to heat up and speculation is swirling after pitchers Jake Peavy and Bud Norris were scratched from Tuesday's starts, and Peavy was eventually traded to the Boston Red Sox. The Phillies' call-up of third-base prospect Cody Asche indicates that a Michael Young deal is on the horizon.
On the other hand, there has been a lot of posturing by teams claiming a certain player is no longer available on the trade market.
The reality is that all players have a price, even if 29 teams don't have the resources to match it. If there is interest in a particular player, teams can have a standoff that continues all the way down to the 11th hour before one side flinches and either the "seller" lowers the asking price or the "buyer" gives in and meets the asking price.
Here are five contending teams that might not want to let the opportunity pass to add an impact player to their 25-man roster for the stretch run.