Peer into most front offices around baseball these days and you're sure to find desks that look completely unorganized, with charts, papers and scouting reports strewn around like the Tasmanian Devil just passed through.
But there's a method to the madness, one that finds the bulk of major league clubs preparing two different plans for the next five weeks—one that they'll follow if they deem themselves to be contenders and another if they conclude that they'll have to wait until next year to make a run at the playoffs.
Coming up with the plans is one thing, but successfully executing those plans is something completely different. Even the best-laid plans can be thwarted by another club that is willing to pay a higher price for the player or players that one team has targeted.
What follows is a look at the ideal trade scenario for each of MLB's 30 clubs, regardless of whether it figures to be buying or selling when the non-waiver trade deadline arrives just over five weeks from today.