With only a few days remaining before the trade deadline, teams that view themselves as contenders are feverishly evaluating the market with the hope of adding a key piece for the final two months of the season—and hopefully beyond.
Meanwhile, the teams that have already thrown in the towel are scouring other organizations’ farm systems as they prepare to potentially deal their major-league talent for a package of prospects.
So far, there has been only one significant trade involving prospects. On July 22, the Chicago Cubs traded veteran starter Matt Garza to the Texas Rangers in exchange for Justin Grimm, highly regarded prospects Mike Olt and C.J. Edwards and a pair of players to be named later.
However, with the trade deadline coming on Wednesday, there will undoubtedly be a flurry of activity—just as there is every year—in the days, hours and even minutes leading up to the event.