The San Diego Padres haven't yet decided if they're going to be dealing away reliever Joaquin Benoit before the trade deadline, but if they do choose to go that route, both the Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Yankees would likely be interested.

Top OF names at deadline 

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According to Mark Saxon of ESPN Los Angeles, general manager Ned Colletti of the Los Angeles Dodgers said prior to Wednesday's game that "he hopes Matt Kemp is a Dodger 'for a long, long time,' and Kemp is signed through 2019." That stance, combined with Kemp's current hot streak -- he's hitting .486 with three home runs since July 20 -- makes it unlikely the team will choose to move him this afternoon.

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Sure, the Green Bay Packers signed WR Jordy Nelson to a four-year, $39 million contract on Saturday, but since NFL deals are not fully guaranteed, the actual meaning of the contract requires all of the details.

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When Cleveland Browns training camp got underway, the presumption was that Brian Hoyer was in the driver's seat to start over Johnny Manziel at quarterback. Has anything changed early on in camp? Not based on the early statistical returns from the rook.

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Things had been moving in the right direction for David Wilson, whose career was in jeopardy after suffering a serious neck injury last year. However, after sustaining a stinger on Tuesday, it appears his career once again is at risk.

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Lester's gone: now what? 

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Now that the Boston Red Sox have traded away Jon Lester to the Oakland Athletics -- along with outfielder Johnny Gomes -- in exchange for outfielder Yoenis Cespedes, there's one obvious question to ask. Which other starting pitchers might yet still be dealt away on this, the final day of waiver-free trading of the 2014 season.

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Kevin Love to Cavs lone option? 

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The Cleveland Cavaliers want Kevin Love and the power forward reportedly prefers to move East to play with LeBron James. Will a deal get done? Well, it's up to the Minnesota Timberwolves and at this time their options to trade Love are limited.

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With the Washington Post conjecturing that Ryan Zimmerman of the Washington Nationals "will be out for a while, perhaps the majority of the rest of the regular season," there's an expectation that the team will attempt to acquire an infielder at the trade deadline.

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Kings shopping PF's and Terry 

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The Sacramento Kings will have 15 players under contract, the NBA regular season limit, once they sign forward Omri Casspi to a one-year, veteran minimum contract. The Kings are still looking to make moves via trades if they can, according to The Sacramento Bee.

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Late in September, Dwight Freeney tore his quadriceps. He's 34 years old now, so it's no surprise that he said this week that he still has "a lot of rust I'm trying to get off."

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JaVale McGee needs to bounce back 

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JaVale McGee needs a big season in 2014-15 after the last two years. McGee did not live up to his big contract in 2012-13 as he spent a good portion of that season on the bench. McGee was hoping to prove his doubters wrong last season, but was forced to miss most of 2013-14 after he suffered a left tibia stress fracture. He should be fully healthy for the start of training camp and once again the Nuggets need him to step up.

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Shawn Marion: I'm just chilling 

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Forward Shawn Marion remains on the free agent market and at this time he doesn't seem to be concerned that a deal for next season has yet to be signed.

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Why Bucks gave O'Bryant three years 

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The Milwaukee Bucks signed rookie Johnny O'Bryant to a three-year contract on Wednesday, reports the Journal Sentinel. O'Bryant, a center/forward, was the No. 36 pick in the 2014 NBA draft.

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D-Day looming; Armstrong waived 

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The Golden State Warriors made a roster move on Wednesday when they announced center Hilton Armstrong had been placed on waivers.

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Giants quest for 2B help 

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Early reports that the San Francisco Giants have decided to release Dan Uggla appears to have been premature, but even if the second baseman is still on the roster for now, it certainly would not be a surprise to see him out of a job by the time this afternoon's trade deadline rolls around.

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