With a few potential impact players on the MLB trade block before the August 31 deadline to acquire a player who would be eligible for the playoffs, talks are likely to heat up in the next day or two.
The Indians, Orioles, Yankees, Royals, Diamondbacks and Nationals are all on the outside looking in but within striking distance of a wild-card spot. Several others have firm grasps on playoff spots, but only the Braves (13-game division lead) and Dodgers (9.5-game division lead) can feel safe in their current position.
Acquiring a player now who can help in the playoffs, however, isn't a bad idea. In other words, the 16 remaining playoff hopefuls are all likely scouring the waiver wire and looking to improve their team for the stretch run.
The rumor mill has been rather quiet, although that doesn't mean there isn't anything happening.
We know the Orioles are looking for a bat. The Twins have been trying to deal Justin Morneau, who is doing his part with a big month (.851 OPS, 8 HR). The D-backs will try to get something for Jason Kubel, who was recently designated for assignment. And the Nationals could trade Dan Haren, who has already passed through waivers and has been one of the best starters in the game over the past several weeks.
Here's a closer look at each of those scenarios.