When it comes to the MLB trade deadline, ace-caliber starting pitchers can be hard to come by. Luckily, for many teams seeking help in the late innings, the same can't be said for relievers.
This is especially true this season, as a mixture of teams in financial turmoil and a number of top relievers reaching free agency may equal the most movement among relief pitchers in recent history.
Although the importance of relievers is often overlooked, they could have a profound impact on the playoff race, as many contending teams have needs in the bullpen. If there's any doubt about how vital a reliever, or more specifically a closer, can be to playoff success, look no further than the 2009 postseason. The only team that didn't blow a save in the playoffs that year was the New York Yankees, and they went on to win it all.
Here are five relievers who could be moved at the MLB trade deadline.