With the July 31 trade deadline just a month away, teams across MLB are trying to make that one last push for a potential playoff spot. The teams that find their way into contention will go a long way in determining how the rest of the season will shake out.
However, with only eight spots up for grabs many of those same teams will reach the deadline with no alternative but to trade some of their players and retool for 2012.
In this slideshow I take a look at which direction teams will be going in come July 31 with a preview of some of the players that could be dealt.
Dmitriy Ioselevich is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report. Follow him on Twitter for all your MLB updates.