There are 12 teams vying for just 10 playoffs spots. While it goes without saying that any of these teams would love to add Miguel Cabrera or Felix Hernandez to solidify their rosters, that type of trade isn’t going to happen in late August (or ever, really).
Instead, these teams are going to have to depend on other, more realistic dream scenarios. A playoff contender could certainly hope that a slumping hitter begins to produce, an injured pitcher returns to the mound after sitting on the disabled list or even making a small waiver move will bolster their roster.
Below are the realistic dream scenarios for every 2013 MLB playoff contender.
Statistics sourced (through August 27) from Baseball-Reference.com.