With the non-waiver trade deadline set to expire Thursday at 4:00 p.m. ET, the next 33 hours have the potential to make or break the season for teams with playoff aspirations.
This year, there’s a chance at least one ace will be dealt before the deadline, as left-handers David Price, Jon Lester and Cole Hamels reportedly have been made available by their respective teams.
As for hitters, trade rumors surrounding Troy Tulowitzki and Ben Zobrist just won’t go away. Both players have the potential to make an immediate impact for a contender, possibly even a team going through a rebuilding process.
And let’s not forget that every trade deadline has its surprises, as a lot can change between now and Thursday—injuries, previously off-limit players being made available and reactionary trades—to influence whether a team is a buyer or seller.