With the trade deadline just around the corner, a remarkable number of teams still find themselves in contention for their respective pennants.
With the NL West and AL Central particularly tight, look for several teams to be very active as the trade deadline approaches in an attempt to put their squads over the top.
While playoff teams are often assembled during spring training, the serious contenders are usually established at this time of year.
With this in mind, here's a list of 10 teams that are one player away from being contenders.
The Angels are currently 4.5 games behind the Rangers in their division and 8.5 games out of the wild-card race.
Torii Hunter has openly lobbied for the club to acquire Nationals slugger Adam Dunn, and the shoe seems to fit.
Dunn would give the Angels lineup the boost that it will need to compete with the Rangers now that they have acquired Cliff Lee.
A move for Dunn would make a lot of sense for the club and would shore up their somewhat lackluster lineup in a big way.
While the Reds are leading their division at the moment, they don't quite have the hitting to be considered serious World Series contenders at the moment.
The Reds lead the National League in runs and batting average but don't quite have the pitching needed to make a deep run in the playoffs.
The team could possibly look within their division for a remedy. Roy Oswalt is hoping to leave the Astros for a contender, and with the Reds he would step in right away as the club ace on a division-leading team.
If only games were played on paper.
The Mets have the fifth highest paid roster in the majors but haven't quite been able to put it together this season.
While their rotation is solid, they could use a bat in the middle of the lineup to provide some pop.
The team ranks 22nd in the majors in home runs—a number that must improve. A good remedy for the Mets would be dealing for either Prince Fielder or Adam Dunn, both of whom are on the market, and both of whom could give the Mets lineup the power surge it's in need of.
The Twins have the lineup to compete with anybody, but their rotation leaves something to be desired.
The race for the AL Central should be a tight one coming down the stretch, and it's possible that the Tigers, Twins, and White Sox will engage in a literal arms race in order to put their starting lineup over the top.
As it stands now, the Twins are on the outside looking in, being 3.5 games out of the division lead. But it's not inconceivable that with the right move, the Twins could end their first season at Target Field with a playoff game.
Ubaldo Jimenez has carried the Rockies thus far, and if they want to make it to the postseason in the tight NL West, they better get him some help.
MLBtraderumors.com has stated that Colorado has expressed interest in Dan Uggla of the Marlins, but it's unsure whether Florida would be willing to part with their All-Star.
Regardless, hitting has never been a serious problem for Colorado. If they're hoping to make a run at the postseason, they must pick up some solid arms to surround Jimenez.
The Phillies are the most talented team in the NL East, and it seems likely that they'll be able to make a serious run towards the division title whether they deal for a player or not.
What might push their hand, however, is that the Braves have already been active on the trade market, acquiring SS Alex Gonzalez from the Blue Jays.
The Phillies would be smart to strike back by trying to pick up some solid pitching, as their rotation isn't overly impressive beyond Roy Halladay.
Given their struggle with injuries, it's quite remarkable that the Red Sox are only five games behind the Yankees in the AL East.
What's even more unlikely is that the club is leading the AL in runs scored and OPS despite at times being forced to field a lineup stocked largely with unproven players.
While this likely speaks to the strength of the Red Sox' minor league system, they would likely benefit from shoring up a pitching staff that has given up the fifth most earned runs in the majors.
But perhaps the key to a successful second half of the season for the Red Sox isn't reliant on dealing for good players, but having the talent that they have on the roster get back to 100 percent.
Despite being four games behind San Diego in the NL West, the Giants have an excellent shot at making the playoffs, and that shot is spelled B-U-S-T-E-R.
The Giants' pitching is just about as solid as you can ask for, but their lineup is simply not up to snuff, ranking in the bottom third of the league in OPS and runs.
Fortunately for them, Buster Posey seems to have met all of the hype surrounding him, and the club is now only one great bat away from fielding a World Series quality roster.
The Giants should be very busy this trade deadline attempting to add that bat to their lineup.
The Tigers lineup is outstanding, but beyond Justin Verlander, their rotation leaves something to be desired.
Detroit would benefit greatly from picking up a solid arm during the trade deadline. One possible suitor could be Dan Haren, who the Diamondbacks could theoretically part with seeing as their season is all but over.
The Tigers are a very solid club, and one move really could make the difference between them winning the division or finishing in third.
The Dodgers are currently tied with the Rockies for the lead in the wild-card race.
While the lineup is very solid, the Dodgers would benefit greatly from picking up another quality starter or reliever to add to their bullpen.
Roy Oswalt of the Astros and Dan Haren of the Diamondbacks would both be good fits in L.A. would and provide them with the solid pitching depth that they'll need to hold on to their playoff spot or possibly catch the red-hot Padres.