Prior to the Baltimore Orioles' 2011 season beginning, there were a couple of different scenarios the season could run through in the minds of the team's upper level management and many of its fans.
The team could surprise and compete for the AL Wild Card (admittedly a long shot).
The could make a run at the franchise's first .500 or above season in its last 14 tries (the favorite choice of fans when asked how they thought the season would go).
Or, they could be just like the Orioles that all us Balmer folk have come to know and love: Cruddy.
But even at the worst-case scenario, President of Baseball Operations Andy MacPhail figured he'd have a handful of trading pieces to work with come the final week before the non-waiver trading deadline.
Those two main pieces, first baseman Derrek Lee and designated hitter Vladimir Guerrero, have had nightmare seasons at the plate, leading to the O's getting next to nothing if they were to flip either of those two.
Now, for the future of the club, they're being forced to entertain offers on quality players who will be locked up through at least next year, such as de facto staff ace Jeremy Guthrie and late-inning reliever Koji Uehara.
The O's won't be moving anybody just for the sake of making a deal, however. They'll have to be bringing a good haul of young, major-league ready talent. And here are five of the clubs who appear most willing to dish it to the O's for their vets.