It's never too early to look ahead.
While not even two full weeks have passed since MLB's non-waiver trade deadline hit on July 31, now is as good a time as any to take an early look at the biggest names that will dominate the rumor mill as the 2014 deadline approaches.
Some of those players will be used to the speculation, having had their names bandied about in trade chatter leading up to this year's deadline, while others will be experiencing sustained trade winds for the first time in their careers.
Much can, and likely will change between now and then, with some of these players being taken off of the market due to extensions being worked out or trades being completed in the offseason.
But until then, these players figure to be the biggest game-changers on the market next season—and there's no harm in dreaming of the package it might take to land one of them on your favorite team.
*Unless otherwise noted, all statistics courtesy of Baseball-Reference and are current through games of August 11.
*All contract information courtesy of Cot's Contracts.