Starting pitchers are clearly an important part of a Major League team's success throughout a season. Just as important is the assembly of relievers that a team keeps in their bullpen.
As the summer turns to fall and starting pitchers run into a proverbial wall, it's important that every team's bullpen is able to step in to hold leads and convert saves.
By summer a number of teams have inevitably played themselves out of contention, yet it seems that even with the worst of teams there is a reliable reliever doing everything he can to hold his team together in the late innings.
Putting together a complete bullpen isn't an exact science and the majority of the time a bullpen cannot be compiled solely of internal pieces. This is where the trade deadline comes in.
Despite being some of the most important members on a baseball team, relievers can sometimes be the most expendable players.
Teams throughout the league will be paying close attention as teams fall out of contention, watching for the right opportunity to bring in an arm that will help as fall nears.