With the All-Star Game behind us, fans can wait in anticipation to see if their team makes and moves to bolster their teams before the July 31st trading deadline.
Contenders are looking for that final piece, other teams are looking for a piece to improve their chances at a second half run while others are simply sellers looking to unload valuable pieces in hopes of getting building their farm system.
All 30 big league teams are working on trading deadline action, but what is the one move that every team wishes it could make?
The Yankees know they need to solidify the back of the bullpen before Mariano Rivera. That notion is made more evident with each rocky outing by Joba Chamberlain, who looks more and more like a flip of the coin every time he steps on the mound.
Ideally, the Yankees would like another hard-throwing arm preferably with closing experience that could put a stamp on the eighth inning. It wouldn't guarantee that Joba is out of the eighth inning, but the competition and improvement of the eighth inning would help Joba and the Yankees alike.
The Astros' Matt Lindstrom or Washington's Matt Capps would fit that role. Lindstrom could be had for a cheaper price. However, the Yankees are also looking at Michael Wuertz who was one of the best setup men in the game in 2009.
Ben Zobrist hasn't given the Rays the same kind of season he did in 2009 and Carlos Pena's batting average below the Mendoza Line isn't exactly a confidence booster.
The Brewers are shopping Corey Hart who entered the All-Star Break as the hottest hitter in baseball. The Rays want a power bat to add to the outfield and Hart is the right fit. The Rays are one of the leaders in the clubhouse for Hart which makes them one step closer to landing their ideal piece.
The asking price for David DeJesus is on the rise, but he is the exact piece the Red Sox are looking for to bolster a questionable outfield. The Royals believe DeJesus is an undervalued commodity and may make it pricey on the Red Sox.
Questions/concerns regarding Jacoby Ellsbury and the uncertainty around the viability of Darnell McDonald or Daniel Nava for the second half make this a must move for the Red Sox.
The Red Sox would also like to solidify their bullpen with a strong 7th inning arm. A hard-thrower like Brandon League, who has a strong history pitching against the Yankees, could be the relief piece the Red Sox pursue.
The Blue Jays have rapidly reached seller status. What they would like most is to unload pieces that have underperformed this season. Aaron Hill, Adam Lind and Justion Frasor could all bring back young pieces to help strengthen an improving Blue Jays farm system.
The Jays would like most to get the most out of Jose Bautista's value which will never be higher than it is right now. Baustista, who leads the AL in home runs, could bring back young value given his $2.4 million price tag.
The Orioles are the definition of sellers who would like nothing more than to get rid of veteran parts for young prospects. Ty Wigginton, Kevin Millwood and Miguel Tejada are right at the top of the list. The Orioles are building their team around youth and want to flip their expandable, older free agents to be to continue to add depth to their farm system.
The Twins want to add a front line-caliber starting pitcher without breaking the bank. That likely rules out Roy Oswalt, but the Twins are willing to deal prospects in exchange for a high-quality starter who may be just a rental. The Twins may look no further than Ted Lilly.
Yes, the Twins would be forced to pony up for the near $6 million left on Lilly's contract for the rest of the season. However, the Twins can let him walk at the end of the year and receive first round draft compensation-which is worth its weight in gold for a team like Minnesota.
The Tigers are in a similar boat with the Twins. They want the front line starter who can put them over the top in the divisional race. The Tigers, unlike the Twins, are willing to add some payroll in the process. The Tigers also have the young pitching to go get another established veteran. Getting a guy like Dan Haren who could back up Justin Verlander would be a major coup for Detroit.
The White Sox are in a bit of a conundrum. The need a bat but watching Jake Peavy hit the shelf immediately increased the demand for pitching.
In an ideal world, the White Sox go get the big masher they desire (Adam Dunn) while acquire a second-tier starting pitcher on the block (Jake Westbrook or Livan Hernandez). That move lengthens the White Sox rotation and lineup, giving them the mound support and run production they need to sustain their recent hot run.
The Royals, like most small-market selling teams, look to get the most value out of their pieces. Utility infielder Mike Aviles and David DeJesus top that list. The Royals are in a notorious cycle of unloading their chips for young prospects. That is not going to change any time soon. The Royals simply want value.
The Indians don't want to sell their top pieces, but they may be put in a position where they do if the price is right. Fausto Carmona may be one of the best pitchers on the market before the deadline. Ideally, the Indians hold onto their chips like Carmona, but get rid of what is essentially an expendable parts in Jhonny Peralta.
Simply put, the Rangers acquired their dream scenario. The Rangers gave up highly touted prospect Justin Smoak and other prospects to land the best hired gun in baseball. Lee's first start in Texas was a rocky one, but the Rangers got the man they, and many other teams, wanted.
The Angels still have not found the big bat to fill the void left by the injury to Kendry Morales. The Angels would like nothing more than to fill that void with free agent-to-be Prince Fielder.
Fielder is going to cost and arm and leg in the winter, but Fielder gives the Angels the big bat to get their offense back on track and gives the Angels first crack at signing him after the season.
The A's are rarely buyers at the trade deadline, but there is one sell they would like to make. General manager Billy Beane signed Ben Sheets to a one-year, $10 million deal thinking he could flip Sheets for prospects should he have a good first half.
That didn't exactly materialize and now the A's will be forced to take lesser value should they be able to unload Sheets. While they would like top prospects in return, the A's would settle for getting rid of Sheets for any value at this point.
The Mariners acquired Cliff Lee in the offseason with the hope of locking him up long term. That didn't work out as the Mariners saw more value in flipping Lee for a promising young bat they can build around. The Mariners got exactly that when they dealt Lee to the Rangers for their top prospect Justin Smoak.
It was before the All-Star Break, but the Mariners got exactly what they're looking for.
The Braves have the pitching, but what they could use is another bat that won't cost them major prospects. Jose Bautista would be a welcomed commodity to help Chipper Jones at third base and give them some flexibility in the outfield. He also adds power to a lineup that has been short on the long ball at times this season.
Mets fans would love to see their team get its hands on another front-line starting pitcher. The Mets would really need to impress the Diamondbacks to get Dan Haren, but their willingness to take on the remainder of Roy Oswalt's salary could be a good first step to get the Astros' ace.
Oswalt immediately gives the Mets a great 1-2 punch behind Johan Santana and one of the best duos in the National League. Mets fans could hope for nothing more.
The Phillies would like nothing more than to get a starting pitcher and a flexible infielder. The pitcher (Jake Westbrook?) add depth to a rotation with a shaky back half while the infielder (Ty Wigginton?) would give the Phillies a security blanket behind Chase Utley and Placido Polanco who have both landed on the disabled list this season.
The Nationals want to hold on to Adam Dunn. They want to hold onto closer Matt Capps. Aside from that, the Nationals are more likely to stand pat at the deadline. However, if they do decide to deal either piece, their best hope is a current big leaguer who can help the Nationals corner outfield spots or a minor league power bat that could step in to replace Dunn (if traded) sooner than later.
The Marlins are shopping Ricky Nolasco and second baseman Dan Uggla. Uggla has one more year of arbitration left that could push $9 million dollars. That gives the Marlins the incentive to deal him before the deadline.
Like other small market teams, the Marlins are looking for young, cheap value. That is what they hope to achieve by trading Uggla to a team like Colorado.
The Reds have the National League's best offense and will soon get a boost in the rotation with Edison Volquez's return. Nevertheless, the Reds could use another mid-level arm to stick into the back of their bullpen.
The market is slim for relievers, but guys like Bobby Jenks may be on the market. The Reds have their guy in Francisco Cordero, but a reliever like Jenks or Kevin Gregg would be a boost to one of the Reds' softer parts.
The Cardinals enter the last weekend before the break three games behind the Cincinnati Reds in the NL Central. It's certainly not a daunting hole given the Cardinals pedigree, but the club currently sits 10th in the National League in runs scored.
The Blue Jays are shopping Jose Bautista who could be another strong power source from the 6-hole and provide defensive flexibility for the Cards.
The Brewers know they are not in contention in 2010. Now the biggest question they face is whether or not they are willing trade Prince Fielder during the season.
Fielder's agent Scott Boras has made it known he will seek over $20 million per year in Fielder's new contract. That will be too rich for the Brewers blood. Ideally, the Brewers find a way to trade Fielder, receive a front line pitching prospect and bat before they lose Fielder for nothing next offseason.
The Pirates, notorious deadline sellers, are likely to deal their most valuable piece yet again. That would be Octavio Dotel who is one of the headliners on the short list of relievers this offseason. Trading Dotel is all about getting, what the Pirates believe to be, quality prospects in return.
The Astros must decide if they want to part ways with Roy Oswalt and/or Lance Berkman and jettison their big money contracts. The Astros are certainly not buyers at the deadline, but unloading the nearly $25 million in owed money for 2010 and 2011 would be a major boost.
The Cubs are somewhat in limbo at the moment. They have a lot of high priced talent and they are going to nowhere. What that means for the team at the deadline is the opportunity to start unloading guys like Aramis Ramirez (and Carlos Zambrano) in an effort to start the inevitable rebuilding process.
The Giants are looking for power and they are looking to Milwaukee for that answer. Whether it is throwing all the chips into the middle of the table for Prince Fielder or acquiring Corey Hart, a successful and ideal trading deadline would be the acquisition of either Brewer bat.
That likely means one of the Giants' young talented pitcher will head the other way, but that's a price the Giants are willing to pay.
The Dodgers head into the season's second half just two games back in the NL West. However, the Dodgers are not in a position to add payroll given the bitter divorce going on in the owner's box.
That means the Dodgers will likely have to make due with the team they've got while scouring baseball for cheap deals. The Dodgers aren't specifically tied to any rumors which means their name will likely be quiet as the deadline approaches.
The Rockies are looking for a piece to give them infield support and production. They have been tied to Dan Uggla and Mike Aviles rumors. Either way, the best position the Rockies could find themselves in will be the acquisition of a power bat like Uggla who will form a very strong up-the-middle tandem when Troy Tulowitzki returns from the disabled list.
The Diamondbacks' most sought after player is Dan Haren. The D'backs appear hesitant to deal Haren for fear of getting a package of lesser value. However, the Diamondbacks could use prospects to bolster their corner outfield spots and their young pitching. In a dream situation, the D'backs find a suitor who willing to part with their top pitching prospect in deadline desperation.
The Padres pitching has been outstanding in the first half of the season. Now the Padres are looking for a veteran pitcher who can bring a leadership position to a young rotation and a bat to bolster the Padres thin offense.
The Padres are weary about spending money at the deadline, but they may be pushed to if they are serious about a postseason run. Ted Lilly and a bat like Jose Bautista could give the Padres the tools to open room in the NL West.