We’re now over two months into the 2014 season, which means it’s about that time of the year when teams begin to assess—if they haven’t already, that is—whether or not they can contend for a postseason berth.
For teams on the outside looking in, the remainder of the season presents a potential opportunity to part with either older or costly players—guys who can improve another team in the short term but offer minimal long-term value to their current organization. In such a scenario, a team that’s willing to move a legitimate major league asset typically receives an influx of young, high-upside talent in return.
So, who are the prospects that could be on the move this season?
While my selections for this article aren't necessarily based on any specific rumors, I did focus on prospects who are part of an organization that has a glaring need at the major league level. Along those same lines, I also looked at what each prospect means to his respective organization—both at the present and in the future—in order to determine whether he realistically could be used as a trade chip at some point this season.
Here are the top MLB prospects who could soon be on the trading block.