Thirty-three days. That's right: We're just over a month away from the Aug. 1 trade deadline. The clock is ticking for contending teams to improve their clubs without the risk of potential swaps being stopped by a waiver claim.
We’ve already seen some trades -- the Padres sent James Shields to the White Sox -- and several smaller deals -- Jason Grilli, James Loney, Kelly Johnson and Oswaldo Arcia moved. However, the bigger trades await us. Some will happen right around the All-Star break, while the vast majority probably will happen the last week of July or on the deadline day.
Winning or losing streaks, even short ones, often change teams' positions during this trade period, but it’s important to realize where teams stand at any given moment in time. Here is an up-to-date list of the buyers and sellers broken down into categories: "movers and shakers" (teams I expect to make at least one major trade), "small adjustments" (teams looking to improve with one or two smaller pieces), teams most likely to stand pat and sellers.
Movers and shakers
1. Chicago Cubs: The Chicago Cubs are all-in trying to win a World Series this season and have been active in their dialogues with other teams. The tandem of president Theo Epstein and general manager Jed Hoyer is one of the best in the game at making moves, and this trade deadline shouldn't change that. The Cubs' top priority is an impact, left-handed reliever such as Aroldis Chapman or Andrew Miller of the Yankees. They also could land another bat and starter.