Breaking Down the 5 Most Likely Impact MLB Trades Post-All-Star Break

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Breaking Down the 5 Most Likely Impact MLB Trades Post-All-Star Break
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It's an annual inevitability: The closer we get to the July 31 trade deadline, the more rumors will swirl.

Of course, not all rumors are created equal. Every team has needs; buyers want elite talent, and sellers want bushels of top-tier prospects. And for every need, someone will concoct a scenario—some reasonable, some far-fetched, some outright laughable.

As fun as it is to speculate, though, trades rarely get off the ground unless they make sense for both clubs involved. There are only so many buyers and only so many sellers—and only so many good matches between them.

So, as the 2014 deadline approaches, which potential impact players are most likely to change uniforms, and where are they liable to land?

With the usual caveat that rumors, even when confirmed by reliable sources, are fluid, fickle things, let's take a look.

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