With the calendar turning to July, it's officially time to kick off the whirlwind season that is the Major League Baseball trade deadline.
The non-waiver deadline is at 4 p.m. ET on July 31st, though transactions can still be made up until Aug. 31st for players who are placed on waivers.
This deadline figures to be very different from past years because there are so many teams that are bunched together and believe that they still have a chance at the postseason that we probably won't see a lot of action, at least not involving major players.
The most intriguing name on the market is New York Mets shortstop Jose Reyes, who is arguably the National League MVP right now. He is set to be a free agent at the end of the year, and with the Mets' financial problems, it will be very difficult for them to resign him.
It would be in the best interest of the franchise if they moved him because of all the uncertainty and a need to add impact talent to a thin farm system.
But with the Mets sitting at .500 as of this writing and "only" 6.5 games out of the wild card, they may not want to wave the white flag on the season by trading their best player. It is New York, and it's hard to sell those fans on a rebuilding project.
This is a seller's market, so the pickings will be slim. Other than a bunch of relievers being moved, it sure doesn't sound like anything big will happen.
But this is baseball, and you just never know what will happen if teams get desperate enough. Every year there always seems to be one major deal that comes out of nowhere to shock everyone.
We shall see if there is one of those kinds of deals in store for us this year.