As the calendar turns to June, the first third of the baseball season has now slipped away and the dog days of summer are fast approaching. This season, only a very few unfortunate teams have fallen flat on their faces out of the gate and find themselves out of contention.
So far, it's shaping up to be a heated race in all six divisions this year and a year where some sleepers might be able to actually take some division crowns.
Even two months ago, no one would have guessed that the Cleveland Indians would have the best record in baseball and are on pace to run away with the AL Central division.
Injuries have been the main storyline for baseball this season, if you don't count the complete and utter demise of the Los Angeles Dodgers franchise. It is going to be vital for teams to replace their injured stars, such as catcher Buster Posey in San Francisco and both Howie Kendrick and Kendrys Morales for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
Offensive production has been seemingly down this year across the board, which means midseason acquisitions will have even more of a vital impact on clubs that want to prove their worth as contenders.
Here are five moves that will truly bring hope to some teams in need and bring some financial relief to teams dreading sweltering through summer.