Heath Bell and the San Diego Padres are reportedly discussing a long-term extension. Bell has made it known that he wants to stay in San Diego for as long as possible. Still and all, fans around the big leagues keep sending in questions to their teams' beat writers asking what it would take to get Bell away from the Padres.
Everyone loves dreaming about the move or moves that will put their franchise over the top. That sort of mentality used to be restricted to the offseason, but the Hot Stove burns year-round in the modern world of rapid-fire player movement. Some crucial deals still happen at the trade deadline, but others occur in June or December or January.
Just as the time window has opened wide for trades throughout the year, more and more players have become available. For the right price, almost any player can go. Teams so favor young and cheap players these days that key veterans like Michael Young are constantly being rumored as trade targets. Which of those rumors are real? Which big names will move via trades over the next year, before Opening Day of 2012? Here are 50 guys on whom to keep a close eye.