If they fall out of contention, teams like the New York Mets or Los Angeles Angels will look to deal their star players to alleviate their financial burden and rebuild for the future.
Carlos Beltran has revitalized his career this year, hitting for both average and power. But at the age of 34, he doesn't have many productive years left. New York will want to deal him in order to improve its farm system as it enters a rebuilding phase.
Jered Weaver is on track to break all sorts of arbitration records in the coming offseason, and the Angels would be thrilled to get him and Scott Boras out of their lives if they can deal Weaver for some promising prospects.
Here are the top seven potential deadline deals.