The MLB trade deadline is fast approaching, and while some teams are heavily seeking additional components for a postseason run, others have become clearinghouses in an effort to unload their larger salaried players.
It's generally easy to determine which of these categories each franchise will fall in—simply take a look at its current league standing—however, there are always some surprises out there each year.
Let's take a look at which teams are looking to offload some notable players, and which ones are aiming to acquire their services.
With a 41-54 record this season, the San Diego Padres are certainly a team looking to make a deal—or several—heading into the trade deadline.
One player rumored to be in trade discussions is right-handed pitcher Ian Kennedy. According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, one team appears to be out of the mix for the pitcher:
While the Los Angeles Angels couldn't quite get things done, other playoff contenders will certainly be coveting the righty. So far this season, Kennedy has looked solid, appearing in 20 games and accumulating a 3.47 ERA with 133 strikeouts while allowing 49 runs off 114 hits.
As a side note from Rosenthal's tweet, the Angels and Padres are still in talks about Huston Street, a closer who's accumulated 24 saves this season while accruing a 1.09 ERA and 34 strikeouts while allowing just 18 hits and four runs.
The Philadelphia Phillies are currently in dead last in the NL East with a 42-53 record and appear ready to deal some players.
One such player rumored to be involved in trade talks is closer Jonathan Papelbon.
Papelbon has been vocal with his displeasure of the Phillies and would welcome a trade to a contending team, according to a tweet from Fox Sports MLB:
“Some guys want to stay on a losing team? That’s mind-boggling to me..I think that’s a no-brainer”-Jonathan Papelbon http://t.co/npDyezOgnZ— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) July 11, 2014
He may get his wish, as the 54-43 Los Angeles Dodgers are interested, according to Mark Saxon of ESPN:
Spoke to a baseball source today who said he expects the #Dodgers to pursue Jonathan Papelbon— Mark Saxon (@markasaxon) July 16, 2014
Papelbon is having a tremendous season to this point, boasting a 1.21 ERA, 22 saves and 33 strikeouts while allowing just five runs off 23 hits in 38 appearances. With the Dodgers looking to make a deep postseason run, the move would make plenty of sense.
Bartolo Colon may be 41 years old, but over the course of the season he's proved his stuff is still there.
Colon has an 8-8 record in 18 appearances this season with a 3.99 ERA and 89 strikeouts against 57 runs off 127 hits. He could still serve as a rotational piece for a contending team, and perhaps the New York Mets are thinking of offloading him.
Although, according to Mike Puma of the New York Post, no one has called just yet:
Two things I was told today: Mets are still unsure if they will go after a bat, and teams haven't begun calling about Colon.— Mike Puma (@NYPost_Mets) July 15, 2014
One other thing that seemed a bit interesting was the fact that New York is "unsure" if it will go after a bat. You'd think the team wouldn't be in position to go after players given its 45-50 record.
But, as we know, stranger things have happened near the trade deadline.