Last year's trade deadline was more like a "dudline" (get it?). Few teams were willing to sell, and even fewer big names changed jerseys. Here's hoping there will be more action between now and July 31 this time around.
In 2013, the top chips that were flipped were a batch of underwhelming right-handers: Matt Garza (Chicago Cubs to Texas Rangers), Jake Peavy (Chicago White Sox to Boston Red Sox), Ricky Nolasco (Miami Marlins to Los Angeles Dodgers) and Ian Kennedy (Arizona Diamondbacks to San Diego Padres).
On the position player side, Alfonso Soriano turned out to be a productive bat for the New York Yankees after they acquired him from the Cubs, but again, that was hardly anybody's idea of a blockbuster.
This year, though, there may well be a few blockbusters, at least if the early rumor mill and speculation chain is to be believed. Then again, given the parity in Major League Baseball this season—only a handful of teams are clearly out of the playoff picture as the three-month mark approaches—as well as the recent addition of a second wild-card spot in each league, clubs are less likely to hang the "seller" sign.
Still, with the deadline only slightly more than a month away, here's a rundown of the 15 biggest names who could be on the block, for one reason or another, and who potentially—although not necessarily—could be moved before the July 31 trade deadline.