With the non-waiver trade deadline just over a month away, the rumor mill machine is starting to build considerable steam.
Once again the A.L. East is the most competitive division in baseball with the Yankees, Red Sox and Rays in a triple threat death match for the pennant.
But hold on, the Toronto Blue Jays are making some serious noise as well.
With an exciting young pitching staff and a hodge podge offense that hacks now, ask questions later, the Jays are literally bombing their way into contention.
What will these teams do to improve their post-season chances? Who's on the block and what can they offer in return?
The Baltimore Orioles also play in the division. That is all.
The following slide show takes a look at who the buyers and sellers are in the A.L. B-East.
Record: 43-27. Currently in 1st
Needs: Utility Infielder, DH upgrade, Bullpen
Nick Johnson has been a big disappointment as the Yankees DH and the lack of depth behind A-Rod, Jeter and Cano can play a significant factor if injuries occurred to those three.
The bullpen could also use a reliable veteran arm. The current collection of kids and transplanted starters has been very inconsistent.
Targets: super utility Ty Wigginton of the Orioles has to be on the Yanks wish list. Currently hitting .274/13/39, Wigginton can DH or play 1B/2B/3B and even OF in a pinch.
However, NY is not the only club after T-Wiggy so they'll have to pony up a top prospect. Slade Heathcott perhaps?
Jayson Nix and Willie Bloomquist could be cheaper options for strictly infield depth.
Long Shot: The Yankees could always swing for the fences and make a deal for Cliff Lee. It will cost them at least Jesus Montero (and others) and so far NY has refused to discuss moving their stud prospect.
Record: 43-29. 1.0 GB
Needs: Backup Short Stop (defensive specialist), Bullpen, and a veteran fourth Outfielder.
With Drew, Hermida, Cameron and Ellsbury all missing time due to injuries, the Red Sox can't keep relying on the likes of Daniel Nava and Darnell McDonald to fill in.
As with the Yankees, the Red Sox bullpen has been inconsistent at best behind Papelbon and Bard.
Targets: Toronto's John McDonald could be the perfect defensive specialist for Boston but good luck getting the Jays to trade him. Adam Everett and Macier Izturis are options.
As for the Outfield need, it depends on Boston's preference for a left handed bat or right. David DeJesus has been rumored and he is a lefty but with his contract he'd need to start. Who gets benched?
Josh Willingham is another possibility.
Long Shot: Considering he's only hitting .223, this may be the perfect time get Carlos Lee off the Houston Astros for a bargain price. His defense is a liability but his bat is world class.
Record: 42-28. 1.0 GB
Now that the Pat Burrell experiment is over, the Rays are trotting out a pair of utility infielders as their DH. Willie Aybar and Hank Blalock simply do not have the pop required for an everyday DH.
Targets: This all depends on the cost of the incoming salary and outgoing players. Jose Guillen, Andy LaRoche and Russ Branyon might be relatively inexpensive options.
Long Shot: Adam Dunn would be a beast in the Rays lineup but will Tampa Bay be willing to give up a premium prospect (or two) for a rental? Dunn is a free agent after this season.
Record: 38-33. 4.5 GB
Needs (if buying): 3B, SP, Bullpen
Needs (if selling): young, MLB ready 3B and SS.
General Manager Alex Anthopoulos has about a month to decide what to do with his roster for the remainder of the season. If Toronto can gain a bit more ground then he might look for a veteran hitter with reliable defense to man the hot corner.
Targets: Names like Craig Counsell, Jose Lopez and Jorge Cantu could be bandied about depending on cost.
However, if Toronto decides that 2010 is not the right time to make a push then there are several names that could get moved.
On The Block: Lyle Overbay, Brian Tallet, Jason Frasor, John Buck, Alex Gonzales, John McDonald, Scott Downs.
Long Shot: Toronto sends Aaron Hill to Oakland for prospect Michael Taylor.
Record: 19-51. 23.0 GB
Needs: Everything outside CF, RF and C.
In what was supposed to be the year that Baltimore's youth took over and pushed Toronto into the basement, 2010 has been a disaster.
Needless to say, Baltimore will unload a plethora of veteran talent.
On The Block: Nick Markakis, Brian Matusz and Matt Weiters (and to a lesser extent, Adam Jones) are off limits.
The Orioles would love to rid themselves of Garret Atkins, Miguel Tejada, and Kevin Millwood. However, their most valuable trade commodities are players they would like to keep in a perfect world.
Look for names like Luke Scott, Jeremy Guthrie, Will Ohman and of course Ty Wigginton to be involved in trade discussions.
Long Shot: the Orioles don't off load players. Seriously, this is a lost season for Baltimore. Time to restock the prospect cupboard.